Report: Lakers interviewed Jason Kidd for vacant head coach position

Jason Kidd
Dec 19, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd talks with Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly interviewed Jason Kidd for their open head coach position on Monday, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

The team has previously interviewed Tyronn Lue, Monty Williams and Juwan Howard. Lue and Williams are rumored to be meeting with the team, including Jeanie Buss, again this week.

Kidd’s interview was reportedly with general manager Rob Pelinka, who has been in charge of the coaching search, and team adviser Kurt Rambis.

The former Nets and Bucks head coach has publicly campaigned for the team’s head coaching job even before Luke Walton was fired. Some reports have indicated that the organization reached out to him during the season to gauge his interest in the job.

Kidd coached the Nets for one year with a 44-38 record. He then angled to get the Bucks job where he went 139-152 before being fired halfway through last season. Kidd has made the playoffs three times, only getting past the first round in his lone season with Brooklyn.

Kidd’s relationship with LeBron James as former Team USA teammates is seen as a positive for the former legendary point guard.

Lue is seen as the frontrunner for the open position.

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