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Mavericks progressing on deals with Nico Harrison and Jason Kidd

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 29: Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets watches a play against the Houston Rockets during the game at Toyota Center on November 29, 2013 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The Dallas Mavericks are closing in on hiring a new president of operations, Nico Harrison, and head coach, Jason Kidd. Adrian Wojnarowski reports the news on Twitter on Thursday night. The terms and lengths of the deals are unknown at this time.

The Mavericks moved on from long-time general manager Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle earlier this month. Between the two of them, their tenure in Dallas lasted a combined 37 years. With both highly regarded in league circles, their exodus from the Mavericks organization shocked many.

According to Tim McMahon, an apparent power struggle caused friction between Nelson and the organization. As he exits, there is no word yet on if he intends to sign on with another team. Carlisle, on the other hand, has already signed a four-year deal to become head coach of the Indiana Pacers. On his way out, the championship-winning coach recommended one of his former players for the vacant spot, Jason Kidd.

Nico Harrison & Jason Kidd

Starting as an NBA representative at Nike in 2002, Nico Harrison quickly familiarized himself with multiple NBA stars. He had a great relationship with Kobe Bryant over the years and reportedly has a strong bond with Luka Doncic. Despite offers by multiple teams to join their front office in past years, Harrison stayed with Nike until now. With no prior experience as an NBA executive, Harrison will have a lot to burden as the Mavericks continuously aim to build a championship core around Luka Doncic.

Unlike Harrison, Mavericks fans are already familiar with Jason Kidd. The starting point guard of their championship team in 2011, Kidd looks to come back to lead this franchise to another title. However, this time he’d do it as the head coach. While a deal has not yet been finalized, Kidd has already started putting a staff together. He would take on his third gig as a head coach since retiring from play in 2013.

Kidd’s first few stops as a coach in Brooklyn and Milwaukee didn’t yield much success. However, he did help the Lakers capture a title as an assistant in 2020. We’ll see how he and Harrison help Dallas in the coming years.

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