Marc Stein: The Mavericks have opened contract negotiations with Jason Kidd to be their next coach, league sources say, with support from their leading (but not yet identified) top candidate for head of basketball operations.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Dallas Mavericks are closing in on the hiring a new GM and Jason Kidd has emerged as a strong frontrunner to be hired as head coach, sources tell @Tim MacMahon and me.
Tim MacMahon: Mark Cuban and the soon-to-be hired GM have had in-depth discussions about the coaching candidates, sources said. Jason Kidd has had support of Dirk Nowitzki and others advising Cuban.
Marc Stein: 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 @Tim MacMahon his "hope is that Jason Kidd will be next coach of the Mavs."
Marc Stein: Carlisle's motives for the statement will certainly be questioned, but one source noted Kidd has many fans within the franchise after helping Dallas win its breakthrough title in 2011. He was always sure to be strongly considered for the club's first coaching vacancy since 2008.
Roughly an hour later Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki officially returned to the franchise fold, as an advisor in the search for a new general manager and coach. Owner Mark Cuban told The News that Nowitzki will “be involved in the entire process. “His insights and input are of course invaluable,” Cuban said. “And I’m excited that he is involved.” In case there was any doubt about the order of the search, Cuban made it crystal clear. “First GM, then coach.”
Brad Townsend: . @Mark Cuban on @Dirk Nowitzki's advisor role and his reaction to having him officially back in the Mavs' fold: "Dirk is going to be involved in the entire process of our finding a GM and coach. His insights and input are of course invaluable and I'm excited that he is involved."
Tim MacMahon: Sources: Former Mavs PG Jason Kidd was briefly discussed as a coaching candidate during this meeting. Mark Cuban made it clear that the first priority is the search for a new GM, who will then lead the coaching search.
Marc J. Spears: The Mavericks say Dirk Nowitzki will serve as a special advisor to the franchise. Nowitzki will assist with the hiring of both a general manager and head coach as well as consult on other front office decisions.
Ben Rogers: Mavs owner @Mark Cuban just told me they will stick to their search process and hire their next GM first.
Tim MacMahon: Luka Doncic is a strong supporter of Mavs assistant coach Jamahl Mosley. “He’s got the things that are needed for a head coach," Doncic said after Mosely's one-game fill-in for a win over the Knicks this season. "He can be the head coach, for sure.”
August 1, 2021 | 4:16 am EDT Update
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz have extended qualifying offers to forward Jarrell Brantley and point guard Trent Forrest, League Sources tell The Athletic. The moves make both players restricted free agents
Emiliano Carchia: Semaj Christon will play for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Summer League, sources tell @Emiliano Carchia. Christon spent the season in Turkey with Tofas averaging 12.5ppg in BSL
And there’s actually a runaway No. 1 as far as the club with the most male basketball players participating: Real Madrid, the team that produced a certain Luka Doncic, who just tied the record for second-most points ever scored in an Olympic basketball contest. The storied Spanish club leads the way with eight players taking part in the Olympic Games this summer, followed by Fenerbahce out of the Turkish League, Australia’s Melbourne United, the Miami Heat (the NBA team with most male basketball representatives in Tokyo), Olimpia Milano (Italy) and Union Olimpija (Slovenia), all of whom have four players at the Games.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he’s smoothed things over with LeBron James about his hatred for the play-in tournament … telling TMZ Sports he believes the Lakers superstar now “understands” the purpose for the extra games.
“We talked about it,” Silver told us. “I think at the end of the day, I understand. Especially if you went deep last year and you have that end, you have that many sort of games on your legs.” “You’re not looking forward to more games. But, I think he understands the context of the league.”