GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Jason Kidd is already talking about how he’ll mentor Jeremy Lin even as the New York Knicks aren’t ready to formally announce the young point guard will be returning.

The Knicks introduced newest members Kidd and Marcus Camby on Thursday, though the transaction everyone kept asking about was when they’ll re-sign the restricted free agent.

While the 39-year-old Kidd made clear he believes he can help the Knicks win games in crunch time, he also embraced the role of tutoring Lin in the intricacies of the point guard position.

“To have a chance to mentor a very good player in Jeremy — be able to share my secrets or what I’ve learned in my 18 years — for him hopefully to take it to another level, it’s something I look forward to doing,” Kidd said.

A day after Coach Mike Woodson reiterated that Lin “absolutely” would be back, General Manager Glen Grunwald said New York had yet to receive the Houston Rockets’ offer sheet. Grunwald said the Knicks’ did have Landry Fields’ offer sheet from the Toronto Raptors.

“Those are two young players who will hopefully be back here,” Grunwald said. “We’ll make our final determination when we need to make that determination. Now is not the time.”

Kidd, in contrast, talked with certainty about Lin. The first lesson he plans to impart: Don’t play in “fifth gear” all the time.

“He just plays at one gear and that’s a very high gear,” Kidd said. “We need to sit down and talk about trying to find that fourth and third gear so he has the energy to finish ballgames. We want him to play the whole season. If you have just one gear, it’s hard to play 82 games.”

TRADE: The Indiana Pacers are sending point guard Darren Collison and wing player Dahntay Jones to the Dallas Mavericks for center Ian Mahinmi, according to the agent for one of the players.

Mark Bartelstein, who represents Jones, confirmed that the deal is in place.

BOBCATS: Charlotte has agreed to a two-year contract with former Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions.

Sessions replaces D.J. Augustin, whose qualifying offer was rescinded earlier Thursday. The move made Augustin an unrestricted free agent.

HAWKS: Atlanta signed former 76ers guard Lou Williams to a multi-year contract.

THUNDER: Center Kendrick Perkins is expected to be ready for next season after having surgery on his right groin.

The team announced that Perkins will miss four to six weeks before returning to normal offseason activities.

WIZARDS: Washington re-signed Cartier Martin, a 6-foot-7 swingman who has played parts of three seasons with the Wizards.

TIMBERWOLVES: Minnesota kept up its aggressive push to upgrade its roster, waiving center Darko Milicic and formally submitting an offer sheet for Trail Blazers restricted free agent forward Nicolas Batum.

MAVERICKS: Brendan Haywood was waived by Dallas, which designated the 7-foot center as its amnesty player.

The Mavericks took advantage of the one-time provision in the CBA allowing them to let Haywood go without his remaining contract counting against their salary cap or luxury tax. Haywood is set to make $8.3 million next season and is due $27 million over the final three guaranteed years in his deal.

76ERS: Philadelphia used the amnesty clause on veteran forward Elton Brand and will get about $18 million in salary cap relief for next season.

BUCKS: Milwaukee re-signed free-agent forward Ersan Ilyasova to a multiyear deal.

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