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Teams believe Jason Kidd could be key to landing Giannis Antetokounmpo in free agency

Jason Kidd, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Teams in search of a head coach could hire Jason Kidd since the Hall of Famer has a close relationship with Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, per Steve Popper of Newsday.

Kidd coached Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee and the two developed a strong bond. In fact, when the Bucks fired Kidd, multiple reports said the Greek Freak was upset.

Giannis Antetokounmpo can become an unrestricted free agent in 2021 if he doesn’t sign the supermax extension with the Bucks this offseason.

After his Hall of Fame playing career ended, Jason Kidd coached the Brooklyn Nets and Bucks. He’s currently an assistant coach on the Los Angeles Lakers, who racked up the best record in the Western Conference before games were suspended in March.

Kidd won 183 games with the Nets and Bucks. However, he lost 190 games and only won nine postseason contests.

Giannis has said many times in the past that he doesn’t like big market cities such as New York or Los Angeles. The 2019 MVP is very comfortable in Milwaukee. It’s also worth mentioning that he just had a son, so Giannis might not be interested in picking up his family and moving so soon.

If Giannis enters the open market in 2021, many insiders believe the Toronto Raptors are the favorites to land him because of Masai Ujiri. The Miami Heat, though, could be a dark-horse team since Pat Riley is one of the most aggressive execs of all time and Giannis and Heat star Bam Adebayo are close friends.