After a couple of tumultuous days for the Dallas Mavericks franchise that saw both Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle go, they have found the new architects for the next era of basketball in the city. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, they have reached an agreement with Jason Kidd for the head coaching role and Nico Harrison for the General Manager position.
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.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 25, 2021
Kidd started his playing career with the Mavs in 1994 but he was traded just after two seasons with the team. He would later go back to Dallas and was a big contributor in the 2011 NBA Championship over the Miami Heat. Now, he makes another return to the city to be now courtside as the new head coach but he won’t be alone.
In recent days the franchise announced that Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki is going to be a special advisor for front office decisions, and also, according to Tim MacMahon from ESPN, JJ Barea could be next.
J.J. Barea has had a preliminary conversation with former teammate Jason Kidd about joining his coaching staff in Dallas, sources told ESPN. Barea has strong relationships throughout the organization, including Luka Doncic, and the Mavs missed his presence last season.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 25, 2021
The Mavs were, recently, eliminated from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round and some weaknesses were exposed. With Luka having only one season left and the chance of signing a supermax extension this offseason, Dallas is showing their desire to maintain him and compete for a championship with the personnel moves that were made.