With the Los Angeles Lakers now eliminated from playoff contention, it seems that head coach Luke Walton's days could be numbered. Should he find himself out of a job this summer, that top role could soon become the property of another NBA legend-turned-coach.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, former Nets and Bucks head coach Jason Kidd is among the top candidates to replace Luke Walton. Kidd has been out of the NBA since being fired by the Bucks in January 2018.
Kidd led the Nets to the playoffs in the 2013-14 season, his first year at the helm, after going 44-38 in the regular season. The following season he was traded to the Bucks, where he led the team to two more playoff appearances in the next three years.
The Kidd report comes on the heels of rumors that Kidd might be a head coaching target for the recently vacated Cal head coaching position at his alma mater.
A ten-time NBA All-Star and NBA champion, Kidd's 20-year NBA career included five All-NBA First-Team selections, five NBA assist titles, and nine All-Defensive team selections.
He had two stints with the Dallas Mavericks, the latter of which resulted in his first NBA title, as well as accolade-laden stints with the Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, and New York Knicks.
One thing is for sure: Whoever the next head coach of the Lakers is will need to get the stamp of approval from both basketball director Magic Johnson as well as superstar LeBron James.