A person with first-hand knowledge of the deal said Kidd and the Mavericks agreed to a contract on Friday, eight days after Rick Carlisle resigned abruptly following the departure of general manager Donnie Nelson. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was not announced.
Carlisle, who took the job in Indiana on Thursday, gave ESPN an unsolicited Kidd endorsement for his old job due to the impact Carlisle thought Kidd could have on Luka Doncic, the sensational young point guard who wears the hopes of the Mavericks.
The Mavericks have also found Nelson’s replacement as part of Nike, Nico Harrison, who will carry the titles of general manager and president of basketball operations, the person told AP. Harrison was on board with the hiring of Kidd, the person said.
It’s already the head coach’s third save for Kidd, 48, who took Brooklyn to the second round on his 2013-14 debut before moving on for Milwaukee. Kidd was fired in his fourth season with the Bucks after leaving in the first round two of his first three years. He was 139-152 with the Bucks after being 44-38 with the Nets.
Kidd, who just completed two seasons on Frank Vogel’s side with the Los Angeles Lakers, had two stints as a player in Dallas, the second highlighted by the franchise’s lone title when he led. the offensive that went through star Dirk Nowitzki. His career began with the Mavericks as a second pick in the 1994 Draft.
A year and a half after being named Co-Rookie of the Year in 1995, Kidd was traded to Phoenix amid the turmoil along with teammates Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn, both selected fourth in the two years before. the arrival of Kidd.
Now, Kidd’s success in Dallas will depend on how he develops Doncic, a two-time All-Star whose playmaking skills allowed Carlisle to call him one of the top five players in the world before the unexpected departure. of the coach.
This could be seen as Kidd’s second chance with a European superstar, although Giannis Antetokounmpo was not yet a two-time MVP when Kidd was sacked at Milwaukee. The “Greek Freak” turned into an All-Star under Kidd, whose 2014 hiring under a new owner in Milwaukee cost the Bucks two second-round draft picks.
The first step for the Mavericks will be getting out of the first round of the playoffs, which they haven’t done since Kidd helped them beat LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. Doncic’s first two playoffs ended in the first round against the Clippers.
Harrison has been in Nike’s basketball division for nearly 20 years, rising through the ranks through connections with stars such as the late Kobe Bryant. He also had interactions with Doncic via shoe contracts.
Cuba’s relationship with Nelson was a more traditional basketball arrangement, with Nelson’s expertise coming in player evaluation, even though he held the title of president of basketball operations longer than manager. general. Nelson’s roots were in Europe, where he discovered Nowitzki and Doncic as a teenager about 20 years apart.
Harrison’s experience is more focused on marketing and relationship building, and fits the model some clubs have used to put former agents in key roles.
Nelson’s departure came amid reports of a power struggle within the front office. With the executive who once called him “our Jerry Sloan” gone, Carlisle didn’t stay long.