According to ESPN insiders Tim MacMahon and Adrian Wojnarowski, the Mavericks are “finalizing a deal” to make Kidd their next head coach. He was on the Mavericks’ roster in 2011 when they won the NBA championship.
The latest report from MacMahon and Wojnarowski states that Kidd has started working on assembling a coaching staff in Dallas. That’s a strong sign that he’s about to be offered the job.
Carlisle recently told ESPN that he believes Kidd should be his successor in Dallas. He thinks the former All-Star guard has many similarities with Mavericks star Luka Doncic.
“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. “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.”
Jason Kidd has started work on assembling a coaching staff as sides finalize a deal that’ll make him Dallas’ next head coach, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/Llkm6UAvwM
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 25, 2021
Shortly after his playing career was over, Kidd was named the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Though he led the franchise to the playoffs, his tenure didn’t last very long. He was shipped to the Milwaukee Bucks and spent a little over three seasons there until he was eventually fired.
Kidd managed to rebuild his stock on the coaching market by becoming an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. Head coach Frank Vogel gave Kidd a lot of credit for the team’s success in 2020 and said the Hall of Famer should land a new job this offseason. Well, Vogel is about to be right.
An official announcement regarding Kidd and the Mavericks could come as early as this weekend.