Jason Kidd brings together coaching staff for Mavericks, who plan to run Nike front office, reports show
Jason Kidd has become a solid favorite to become the next Dallas Mavericks head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Mavericks are also in negotiations with Nike executive Nico Harrison to become their new president of basketball operations, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. Stein notes that Harrison has developed strong relationships with players in the league through his work at Nike. Dallas’ hope is to land Harrison and Kidd.
The Mavericks have already entered negotiations with Kidd to be their next coach, according to Stein, and Kidd is in the process of building a team of trainers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Former Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who won a championship with Kidd on Thursday approved his former point guard for the job.
“I hope Jason Kidd will be the next Mavs coach because he and Luka [Doncic] have so much in common as players, ”Carlisle told ESPN’s Tim Macmahon. “I just think it would be a great situation for Luka, and I think it would be an amazing situation for Jason. I’m the only person on the planet who has coached these two guys and knows all of their special qualities as basketball players. For me it would just be a great wedding, but that’s just an opinion. “
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Kidd has already coached the Brooklyn Nets for one season and the Milwaukee Bucks for four seasons. He was fired by the Bucks with a 23-22 record midway through the 2017-18 season. He has never won more than 44 games as a coach in Brooklyn or Milwaukee. Mike Budenholzer took over the Bucks for the 2018-19 season and led them to a 60-22 record.
Kidd has been assistant to Frank Vogel on the Lakers coaching staff for the past two seasons and won a championship there in the Orlando bubble. He has a strong relationship with LeBron James due to his basketball IQ, but James is far from the only star to have supported Kidd. Giannis Antetokounmpo reportedly offered to speak to the Bucks property on his behalf when he was fired, and Damian Lillard has publicly lobbied for Kidd to become the next head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Kidd played two separate stints for the Mavericks and won the 2011 championship as a starting point guard. He was Co-Rookie of the Year after the 1994-95 season with Dallas and in 1996 he was traded to the Phoenix Suns for a package that included Michael Finley, who had been seen as a candidate to replace Donnie Nelson at the top. from Dallas. front office before the emergence of Harrison. Finley is currently working as the vice president of basketball operations in Dallas and is expected to stay with the Mavericks in the future, according to Macmahon.
The Mavericks recently hired team legend Dirk Nowitzki as an advisor to owner Mark Cuban. Nowitzki performed alongside Kidd and Finley. Now, as the team tries to usher in a new era of championship wrestling, it looks like they’ll be building on the players who have kept them there for the past two decades.