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The Dallas Mavericks signed All-America guard Jason Kidd to a nine-year, $60 million contract Saturday, hailing it as a gift to the city that for two straight years has been stuck with the worst team in the NBA.

Kidd, 21, was the first of the top eight 1994 draft choices to sign. He was selected second overall in the June draft."It's a tremendous pleasure for me to present to the city of Dallas what I think is one of the nicest gifts we can give - and that's a long-term commitment to one of the foundation pieces of this franchise, and that is Jason Kidd," Mavericks chief operating officer Norm Sonju said.

The team would not divulge the contract's worth. But Kidd, when asked about reports the deal was worth $60 million, said, "It's close."

The Mavericks said the contract forced them to renounce their rights to unrestricted free agent forwards Tony Campbell and Randy White and guard Fat Lever. White will play in Greece next season.

The Mavericks still have room under the salary cap to sign Tony Dumas, drafted 19th overall. A 6-foot-6 guard from Missouri-Kansas City, Dumas was seventh in the nation in scoring last season at 26 points per game.

The Mavericks said second-round draft choice Deon Thomas signed with TDK Manresa in the Spanish Pro League.

Immediately afterward signing the deal, Kidd made a $46,100 donation to a Dallas church to purchase a basketball court for a gym, which will be one of the sites for the Mavericks fall Midnight Basketball League. Kidd will serve as honorary commissioner.