Jason Kidd Emerges As Strong Candidate For Mavs Vacancy

Lakers assistant and former Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd is a strong candidate for Dallas’ coaching opening, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.Jason Kidd

Kidd, 48, received an endorsement from former Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, who accepted an offer to become the new coach of the Pacers on Thursday. Carlisle cited Mavs star guard Luka Doncic as one reason why.

“My hope is that Jason Kidd will be the next coach of the Mavs because he and Luka have so many things in common as players,” Carlisle told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “I just think that 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 that’s coached both of those guys and that knows about all of their special qualities as basketball players. To me, that just would be a great marriage, but that’s just an opinion.”

Kidd coached the Nets during the 2013-14 season, compiling a 44-38 record. He then spent three-and-a-half seasons coaching the Bucks, finishing 139-152 for a 183-190 mark overall.

He has been an assistant under Frank Vogel with the Lakers since the start of the 2019-20 season and has been linked to several other openings, including those with the Magic, Pelicans and Trail Blazers.

Kidd withdrew from consideration with the Blazers, but reportedly has interviewed with the Magic.

“Carlisle’s motives for the statement will certainly be questioned, but one source noted Kidd has many fans within the franchise after helping Dallas win its breakthrough title in 2011,” Stein wrote. “He was always sure to be strongly considered for the club’s first coaching vacancy since 2008.”

The Mavericks are also seeking a head of basketball operations, which they reportedly will hire before bringing in a coach. Current Mavs exec Michael Finley is viewed as a top candidate for the top front-office position.

Kidd played for the Mavericks from 1994-96, then again from 2008-12.

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