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Jason Kidd Leaves Dallas, Signs With New York Knicks

Early in the day on Thursday, ESPN's Marc Stein reported that free agent point guard Jason Kidd had intended to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks on a three-year deal that would pay him $9 million dollars. But by Thursday afternoon, shockingly, that all changed:

On Wednesday, the New York Knicks were rumored to be the frontunner to acquire former Mavericks point guard Steve Nash but instead, Nash decided to take his game from Phoenix to Los Angeles and team up with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

This apparently opened the door for the Knicks, who were desperate for help at point guard, to come in and steal Kidd away from the Mavericks making it two consecutive summers that Dallas has lost a key member of their roster in free agency to New York.

For all the latest news and notes on the Mavericks free agency plans, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas story-stream as well as Mavs Moneyball.

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