New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd was arrested on a drunken-driving charge after police said he crashed his SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons on Sunday, days after signing with the Knicks.
Treated at a hospital for minor injuries after the crash, Kidd was arraigned on a misdemeanor driving-while-intoxicated charge and released without bail, Southampton Town police said.
Kidd’s agent didn’t immediately respond to phone or email messages. The Knicks, who signed the 10-time All-Star in free agency this week, had no immediate comment.
Kidd, 39, was alone in the 2010 Cadillac Escalade when it hit a pole and veered into the woods around 2 a.m. in Water Mill, N.Y., police said. Water Mill is a serene, mainly residential community east of Southampton Village.
The DWI charge carries the potential for up to a year in jail..
Melo weighs in on Lin
New York forward Carmelo Anthony said Sunday it’s up to the Knicks to decide if they want to match the "ridiculous contract" that the Houston Rockets have offered Jeremy Lin. It’s uncertain if they will now after agreeing to a sign-and-trade deal with Portland to bring point guard Raymond Felton back to New York, after already signing Kidd.
The Knicks have repeatedly said they would match any offer for Lin, but the Rockets made it difficult with a three-year, $25 million deal that’s worth about $15 million in the third year.
Asked if he could envision Lin being with the Knicks next season, Anthony said: "I stay away from that part right now. I would love to see him back, but I think he has to do what’s best for him right now."
Anthony, speaking before practice with the U.S. Olympic team, was then reminded it’s up to the Knicks, not Lin, to decide whether he stays or goes. "It’s not up to me," Anthony said with a laugh. "It’s up to the organization to say they want to match that ridiculous contract that’s out there."
Around the league
Timberwolves • Minnesota has submitted a four-year, $46 million offer sheet for restricted free agent Nicolas Batum. The Portland Trail Blazers now have three days to match the offer or let him leave.
Suns • Phoenix won the bidding for forward Luis Scola and used the amnesty clause to cut forward Josh Childress. Houston used the amnesty option to waive Scola on Friday.
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