Mavericks coach rumors: Jason Kidd a ‘prime candidate,’ gets endorsement from unlikely source


Could Rick Carlisle be playing kids’ — or Kidd’s — games?

The Mavericks are in the market for a new head coach, and while the options on the current hoops landscape aren’t entirely intriguing, ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that current Lakers assistant Jason Kidd is a “prime candidate” for the job.

To make matters more interesting, speaking with ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, former-Mavs-now-Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle offered a public endorsement of Kidd for the head coaching job on Tuesday:

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. 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 an opinion.  

Kidd had a few head-coaching stops in the league: He spent a single year in Brooklyn coaching the Nets, followed by 3 1/2 seasons in Milwaukee before being fired mid-season in 2018.

MORE: Why the Pacers reunited with Rick Carlisle

Stein reported that Kidd has many supporters in Dallas, mainly for what he gave the organization as a player during the team’s championship-winning season in 2010-11.

Kidd currently is an assistant coach with the Lakers, finishing his second year with the organization. He was part of LA’s championship-winning team in 2020.

Of course, Kidd’s polarizing reputation and sub-par results as a head coach (183-190 overall) means that Mavericks fans looking for greener pastures after the departure of Carlisle may still be left wanting.


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