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Report: 'Prime' Candidate Named For Mavericks Job

Jason Kidd celebrating during a game for the Mavericks.

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 05: Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after making a three-pointer in the third quarter against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center on June 5, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Mark Cuban has one priority this off-season: find a head coach that'll blend well with superstar Luka Doncic. One "prime" candidate has emerged to replace Rick Carlisle, per NBA insider Marc Stein.

Jason Kidd has emerged as the Mavericks' prime candidate to become the next head coach. Kidd has served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers since 2019.

"The Mavericks remain focused for now on their front-office search, but Jason Kidd will be a prime candidate in their coaching search, league sources say," Stein reported via

The Mavericks remain focused for now on their front-office search, but Jason Kidd will be a prime candidate in their coaching search, league sources say.

Rick Carlisle just took the Indiana job and told @espn_macmahon his "hope is that Jason Kidd will be next coach of the Mavs."

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 24, 2021

">Twitter. Kidd has been in the midst of several coaching searches these past two years. It's only a matter of time before he becomes a head coach, once again.

Jason Kidd received a glowing endorsement from Rick Carlisle on Thursday, as well. The new Pacers coach said he hopes Kidd gets the gig.

"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 said, via 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."

Jason Kidd to the Mavs makes perfect sense. He spent the first three years of his NBA playing career in Dallas, and then returned to the organization in 2008. He's one of the better players in the organization's history.

Kidd has been an NBA head coach twice before. He began with the Nets in 2013 and then took over the Bucks in 2014. He spent four years in Milwaukee before he was fired in the midst of the 2017-18 season.

Kidd has been with the Lakers as an assistant coach ever since. But it looks like he may soon get another chance as an NBA head coach.