Mavs Hiring Jason Kidd As Coach, Nico Harrison As GM

The Mavericks have reached an agreement with Lakers assistant Jason Kidd that will make him the franchise’s next head coach, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.Jason Kidd

Along with that, longtime Nike executive Nico Harrison is being hired to run basketball operations as general manager, Charania added.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported early Friday morning that Kidd had been working on putting together a staff of assistants for his new role.

Kidd, 48, has spent the previous two seasons as an assistant under Frank Vogel with the Lakers.

Alog with the new hires, the Mavs are also “optimistic that vice president of basketball operations Michael Finley will remain with the franchise,” per Wojnarwoski and fellow ESPN reporter Tim MacMahon. Finley had been mentioned as a potential replacement for departed GM Donnie Nelson in previous reports.

Kidd 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 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 had been linked to several other openings, including those with the Magic, Pelicans and Trail Blazers.

Kidd recently withdrew from consideration with the Blazers, but reportedly interviewed with the Magic. But it appears he is almost officially Dallas-bound.

Kidd played for the Mavericks from 1994-96, then again from 2008-12. They won the championship in 2011.

Per Wojnarowski and MacMahon, Harrison has been pursued for front-office roles by other teams and is on board with the hiring of Kidd as coach.

The Mavs recently hired legend Dirk Nowitzki as a special advisor and he and Finley have also supported the idea of hiring Kidd, Wojnarowski and MacMahon added.

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