Report: Kidd spurns Mavs for Knicks

Free-agent point guard Jason Kidd has pulled an “about face” after reports circulated Thursday morning that he had agreed to return to the Dallas Mavericks.

Instead, Jason Kidd is heading to the New York Knicks, Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday.

Price confirmed through two sources that Kidd had reached a deal with New York that is similar to the three-year, $9 million deal that had been reportedly reached with Dallas.

Kidd, who was drafted by Dallas as the No. 2 overall pick in the 1994 draft, will turn 40 this season, his 19th in the NBA.

Kidd would serve as a backup and mentor to Jeremy Lin, should the Knicks bring the restricted free-agent back. Lin visited with the Houston Rockets on Thursday, and they are expected to offer a deal.

Dallas is now left to scramble to find a point guard after all of its offseason options have seemed to dry up. The Mavs failed to sign free-agent Deron Williams, let Jason Terry walk to the Boston Celtics and missed out on Steve Nash, whom they considered as another option until he was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a sign-and-trade. That leaves Roddy Beaubois as their only point guard option currently on the roster.