Kidd is also known to be close with Dallas governor Mark Cuban, and several sources with knowledge of the situation suggested Carlisle vouched publicly for Kidd because of his own frayed relationship with Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley. A noted defensive mind, Mosley has cultivated strong relationships with Dallas players, particularly Luka Doncic.
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It’s believed Carlisle felt threatened by the inroads Mosley made with his roster. At 42, Mosley is still able to get on the court and “defend” players in post-practice drills, in turn building a strong rapport.
Brad Townsend: Now the Kidd announcement. pic.twitter.com/pLdvKidgO6
Until Cuban came calling, it was questionable whether any team would take a chance on Kidd again. Some team executives doubt his coaching skills or his demeanor. Others say he’s a good coach who simply sabotages himself with poor people skills. But Cuban did come calling, because Cuban likes and respects Kidd and because—like many NBA owners—Cuban likes hiring people he already knows. And this is where the flawed process comes in.
Marc Stein: The Mavericks began their front-office search with internal support for Jason Kidd as coach already strong, league sources said. Chasing Nike’s Nico Harrison only added to that given the Harrison/Kidd relationship. As the week wore on, Dallas pursued them as “simultaneous” hires.
Chris Haynes: Dallas Mavericks and Jason Kidd reached an agreement on a four-year deal to become the franchise’s next head coach, league sources tell @YahooSports .
Marc Stein: The Mavericks have completed their deal with Nike’s Nico Harrison for Harrison to run the team’s basketball operations … with Jason Kidd having also agreed to a deal to be the Mavericks’ new coach, league sources say. They are expected to arrive in Dallas next week.
Shams Charania: The Dallas Mavericks have agreements to hire Hall of Famer Jason Kidd as their new head coach and longtime Nike executive Nico Harrison in a lead basketball operations role, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium .
Tim MacMahon: Sources: Mavs have offered Nike executive Nico Harrison a front office leadership position. Dallas wants him to work in tandem with Michael Finley. Harrison and Finley are both close with Jason Kidd, who is expected to be the Mavs’ next head coach.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Mavericks are progressing on deals with Nike’s Niko Harrison to lead basketball operations and Jason Kidd to become head coach, sources tell @Tim MacMahon and me.
Marc Stein: The Mavericks are negotiating with the respected Nike executive Nico Harrison about taking over as the team’s president of basketball operations, league sources say, with the hope of hiring Harrison alongside Jason Kidd as their next coach.
Marc Stein: Nico Harrison has strong relationships with numerous players around the league through his longtime Nike work and the Mavericks, according to one league source, today began contract negotiations with what the team deemed its top targets to replace Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle.
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.
Tim MacMahon: The Mavericks are progressing in talks to make Jason Kidd the franchise’s new head coach, sources told @Adrian Wojnarowski and me. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is also close to hiring a new head of basketball operations, who has signed off on the Kidd candidacy.
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.”
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August 2, 2021 | 7:49 am EDT Update
There is a strong possibility that Howard returns for a third go-around with the Lakers. Howard won a title with the Lakers in 2020, but he bolted to the 76ers last season. Now, there appears to be interest on both sides to have Howard back for his physical and defensive play. Howard, 35, averaged 7.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes last season in Philadelphia, his 17th in the NBA.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on what he’s conveyed to Bulls about a potential extension. If Bulls decide to take route to cap space, pursuing upgrades through free agency or renegotiating + extending LaVine’s current contract are two options on table.
Barry Jackson: ESPN reports tonight that New Orleans and Dallas – two Lowry suitors – have begun to look elsewhere for point guards. The Dragic/Achiuwa package should get this done for Lowry barring any late issues; Achiuwa hasn’t yet been informed because talks can’t begin until 6 p.m. Monday.
Donatas Urbonas: Ignas Brazdeikis will play for the Orlando Magic in the NBA Summer League, per sources. Brazdeikis averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2 assists in 8 NBA games with Orlando last season.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on keeping up with Bulls’ free agency from Tokyo: “I should have a good idea what’s going on. I take that very serious, keep up to date with what’s going on back home, but obviously still get my rest cause we got a game tomorrow. One way or another I’ll find out.”
August 2, 2021 | 1:19 am EDT Update
“It looks like [Kawhi] is expected to re-sign with the Clippers, but sources informed me that he will listen to other teams.” @ChrisBHaynes on Kawhi Leonard’s free agency