Mark Cuban is FIRED UP for the Mavericks’ hiring of Jason Kidd … telling TMZ Sports he thinks the dude is “going to be great” for Dallas and its star point guard, Luka Doncic. The Mavs owner spoke with us leaving Victory The Podcast in L.A. just hours after making the hire official … and it ain’t hard to tell, Cubes is expecting greatness from his team’s new headman. “I’m excited about it, obviously,” the 62-year-old said. “J. Kidd is going to be great for us. He’s going to be great for Luka, for the organization. I’m really excited.”
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Brad Townsend: There won’t be an official announcement of the Jason Kidd and Nico Harrison deals today and probably not until Monday, I’m told. Don’t think there’s anything to be concerned about, since Mark Cuban responded to my question with a quote about how excited he is. But it’s unusual.
Brad Townsend: As Jason Kidd begins to assemble his coaching staff, with his formal hiring as Mavericks head coach apparently imminent, 2011 title-team teammates JJ Barea and Jason Terry certainly appear to be strong candidates to rejoin the organization. “I hope,” Barea says.
Ex-Mavericks great Kidd is in fact the leading candidate. A source told The News on Thursday that special advisor Dirk Nowitzki has recommended to Cuban that the Mavericks elevate Michael Finley to president of basketball operations and hire Kidd as head coach, but the source stressed that talks are ongoing and no decision has been reached about either position.
The tension between Carlisle and 22-year-old superstar Luka Doncic had increasingly become concerning within the Mavs organization, sources said. Doncic showed up Carlisle several times this season, such as making animated gestures on the court when he disagreed with a decision or yelling at Carlisle in front of assistant coaches and teammates.
Doncic has a strong relationship with longtime Mavs assistant coach Jamahl Mosley, a potential candidate to replace Carlisle.
Tim MacMahon: Mark Cuban to ESPN: “I truly love Rick Carlisle. He was not only a good coach but also a friend and a confidant. Our relationship was so much more than basketball. And I know that won’t ever change.”
Brad Townsend: Mavericks’ news release on Rick Carlisle’s departure.
Ben Rogers: Mavs owner @Mark Cuban just told me they will stick to their search process and hire their next GM first.
Brad Townsend: Confirming @Adrian Wojnarowski report that Rick Carlisle has informed the franchise that he’s stepping down as Mavs coach after 13 seasons, including the 2011 NBA title. Carlisle was scheduled to leave this weekend for Slovenia to spend time with Luka Doncic, as was Donnie Nelson.
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.”
Bobby Marks: Longest tenured HC in the NBA 1. Gregg Popovich (SAS) 2. Erik Spoelstra (MIA) 3. Steve Kerr (GSW) 4. Quin Snyder (UTH) 5. Michael Malone (DEN) Rick Carlisle was #3
Jonathan Feigen: To put it another way, in 2014 the Heat plays the Spurs in the NBA Finals. In the seasons since, every other team has changed coaches at least once, many multiple times.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rick Carlisle — who led Dallas to the 2011 NBA championship — informed Mavericks owner Mark Cuban today that he won’t be returning as coach next season, Carlisle told ESPN. Carlisle had two years left on his contract. He spent 13 seasons as Mavericks coach.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rick Carlisle statement to ESPN:
Tim MacMahon: There had been simmering tension between Luka Doncic and Rick Carlisle that was a concern within the Mavs organization. The expectation was that he’d return next season, but he’d have been on the hot seat.
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July 31, 2021 | 3:05 am EDT Update
According to a former Western Conference executive, the Wizards highly value Caldwell-Pope but may be open to either Kuzma, Harrell or both rerouted to another team. Would that team be Sacramento?
Schroder will be competing with several other free agents at the same position, including Kyle Lowry, Lonzo Ball, Mike Conley, Spencer Dinwiddie and Paul (if he opts out of his final year). “He may get squeezed,” a Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report.
Here’s what Wojnarowski reported on ESPN’s morning show ‘Get Up’: “Philadelphia is still asking for a lot. Teams are not willing to be strip-mined to trade for Ben Simmons. They’re going to continue to try and find a way, to see if there’s a deal here as free agency starts. You kind of get another cycle of deal-making here. But he’s four years left on his deal, they’re not going to just give him away in Philly. Whatever they get back for him, they’ve got to believe it continues to make them a championship contender. But they’d like to get a deal done before training camp.”
Eric Pincus: I had heard Caruso was a target of the Pacers, Hawks and Cavs – but the Pacers, I think, keep TJ (TBD) – and the Hawks just got Wright and the Cavs Rubio – so maybe the market for AC has shifted. If I’m Lakers, I don’t think twice about keeping him
Per NBA sources, the Lakers went into the offseason with a clear Plan A: unrealistic hopes of landing a Damian Lillard or Bradley Beal. Plan B was Chris Paul (but then the Phoenix Suns advanced to the NBA Finals) and Westbrook. Hield was always Plan C.
That pushed Hield to the forefront. But even as the possibility of a deal built around Kyle Kuzma and Harrell began to form, the Lakers kept the door open to a Westbrook deal. Westbrook asserted his voice into the conversation, and per an NBA source, the Wizards pivoted. Just like that, the pieces the Kings liked for Hield were no longer available.
De’Aaron Fox: He’s not apart of my team. He doesn’t work for me. He’s a parent and a fan talking just like y’all. So take whatever they say as fans having conversations like y’all do everyday.