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Cal Reportedly Targeting Jason Kidd For Head Coach

A man in a blue and gold striped shirt waving a Cal flag.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 08: A school flag is waved as California Golden Bears cheerleaders perform during the team's first-round game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the Oregon State Beavers at T-Mobile Arena on March 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. California won 67-62. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

After it initially appeared that Cal would be bringing men's basketball coach Wyking Jones back for another season, the administration in Berkeley elected to make a change today. Jones' tenure is finished.

The decision seems like an easy one. Jones' overall record in two seasons with the Bears is 16-47. He went just 5-31 in Pac-12 games.

The Cal program needs to hit a home run with its next hire, and an early report from The Oregonian's John Canzano says they are targeting a legend. Former Cal point guard and NBA Hall of Famer Jason Kidd is the school's "primary target."

This news makes sense, but pump the brakes on Kidd coming back to his alma mater. A new report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski states that Kidd could be a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers job if it opens up. As of now, the Lakers are expected to move on from Luke Walton at season's end. LA is currently 31-41 and set to miss the playoffs for a sixth-straight season.

Kidd has been unemployed this season after spending the previous four-plus years on an NBA sideline. He owns a career record of 183-190 with the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.