Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki hire could be a ploy for Jason Kidd
The Dallas Mavericks decided to hire Dirk Nowitzki in a special role with the team, and the legendary Mavs star will be part of the hiring process for the head coach. As it turns out, the initial meeting between Mark Cuban and Nowitzki ended up with a former teammate’s name being thrown around as a potential head coach option.
According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Jason Kidd’s name was mentioned, although Cuban and the Mavs want to appoint a general manager before they hire a head coach.
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. https://t.co/XtxIpWyJK7
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 18, 2021
Of course, Nowitzki and Kidd were teammates during the Mavs championship run over the Miami Heat. Kidd has been linked to seemingly every head coaching vacancy across the NBA, so the return to Dallas only makes sense.
With much turmoil surrounding the Mavs organization, bringing Nowitzki is a home run move, considering he remains one of the most respected people in the industry, and him being in the room during an interview is a huge plus for Cuban and the Mavs,
As the openings around the league continue to be unoccupied, one must assume Kidd gets at least one of the jobs, although his role with the Los Angeles Lakers is a good one to stick with if he doesn’t find an opportunity he cherishes.
Expect more moves from Cuban and the Mavs, and perhaps Kidd is considering a job in Dallas.