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NBA Free Agency 2012: Jason Kidd Signs With Dallas Mavericks Rather Than New York Knicks

Free agent point guard Jason Kidd spurned the New York Knicks' recruiting attempts, closing in on an agreement Thursday to return to Dallas for three more seasons, according to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN.

Kidd will earn $9 million over the next three seasons in Dallas with a contract that will take him to the age of 42. He had been interested in joining Deron Williams as a package deal wherever Williams signed, but when Williams decided to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets, the team and Kidd decided not to enter an agreement.

That left the Knicks and Mavericks as Kidd's two top remaining suitors, and he chose a return to the team with which he started his career and has played his four and a half seasons.

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