New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

Kidd bails on multi-year deal to return to Dallas, going to Knicks


UPDATE 5:03 pm: No Jason Kidd, either.

Mavericks officials thought they had a deal close, as you can read below, but Kidd has decided to become the new point guard for Mike Woodson and the New York Knicks. That is a punch to the gut.

2:09 pm: No Deron Williams. No Steve Nash.

So the Dallas Mavericks are back with 39-year-old Jason Kidd, and they are not talking a one-year deal either, reports ESPN.

Sources with knowledge of the deal specifics told’s Marc Stein that Kidd’s contract will be a three-year deal worth $9 million, taking him to age 42 if he plays it all the way out.

Kidd has played 18 NBA seasons and is one of the legendary point guards of the game, but he is well into the back end of his career. Last season Kidd gave the Mavericks 28 minutes with 6.2 points and 5.5 assists per game, and his play was solid if not his old spectacular self. He also missed 18 regular season games due to injury.

Kidd may not play all three years and may be a trade chip depending on what direction the Mavericks go as they try to reload — or maybe flat out rebuild — over the next few years.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.