Lakers’ Jason Kidd “finalizing” deal to be Mavs’ new head coach

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SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: Head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to assistant coach Jason Kidd during the match against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)

UPDATE 7:34 p.m. PST, 6/24/21:

Adrian Wojnarowski has now reported on NBA Countdown’s half-time show on ESPN that Jason Kidd is finalizing a deal to become the next coach of the Dallas Mavericks. Frank Vogel loses his right-hand man on the bench, a man that he sang very high praises of.

The Lakers will more than likely be searching the secondary coach market for a replacement. Hopefully it is an offensive-minded replacement given the way that the season ended.

Original story:

As the case was after last season, Lakers’ top assistant Jason Kidd has received plenty of rumored interest in his head coaching services. Hell, it was even reported that Damian Lillard wanted Kidd to be the next head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. It doesn’t seem like Kidd will be going to Portland, though, as Tim McMahon of ESPN reports that the Dallas Mavericks and Jason Kidd are “progressing in talks” for him to be the next head coach of their franchise.

Marc Stein of The New York Times adds that contract negotiations between Mark Cuban, a yet-to-be-named general manager (intriguing), and Kidd to be Rick Carlisle’s replacement. Carlisle stepped away from the position the other day, with it being announced earlier that he would become the new head coach for the Indiana Pacers. Carlisle spoke to reporters regarding his hiring earlier today, personally stating that he would hope that Kidd could come in as his replacement in Dallas.

Jason Kidd is on his way to becoming head coach of one of the youngest and brightest stars of the NBA, Luka Doncic. This is a pivotal time for the Mavericks in terms of their relationship with Doncic, as it was reported only 10 days ago that there had been some riffs between Doncic and members of the front office, in addition to Rick Carlisle. This won’t be the first time that Kidd has coached a budding superstar, as Kidd started coaching the Milwaukee Bucks during Giannis Antetokounmpo’s second year in the league. He coached three full seasons in Milwaukee (following one season with the Brooklyn Nets) until he was fired during the 2017-18 season. He joined the Lakers prior to the 2019-20 season.

Rob Pelinka, Frank Vogel, and the Lakers seem like they’re on their way towards a coaching search for a new assistant. Kidd was labeled as the team’s “top assistant”, a position that may be replaced internally. However, the team could possibly find a solid replacement externally. An offensive mind would be welcomed to sit by Vogel’s defensive mind, as the team’s offensive struggles were the second reason for their exit (injuries were first) as the team carried the league’s number one rated defense.

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