Report: Mavs finalizing deal to hire Kidd as head coach

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The Dallas Mavericks are finalizing a deal to hire Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd as their next head coach, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kidd has reportedly begun putting together a coaching staff to join him behind the Mavericks' bench.

Kidd played parts of eight seasons in Dallas from 1994-97 and 2008-12, winning his sole title as a player with the franchise in 2011.

He amassed a 183-190 (.491) record with three postseason appearances as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-14 and the Milwaukee Bucks from 2014-18. The 48-year-old spent the past two years as an assistant on Frank Vogel's Los Angeles Lakers staff, contributing to the team's championship run in 2020.

After 13 seasons, longtime Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle announced his departure last week. After signing a reported four-year deal with the Indiana Pacers earlier on Thursday, Carlisle endorsed Kidd as a strong candidate for the Mavericks job.

The Mavericks are also reportedly in talks to bring on Nico Harrison, Nike's vice president of American basketball, for a leadership role in the team’s basketball operations department.

Donnie Nelson also departed the team after 24 years in the front office, most recently as general manager, creating a power vacuum atop the Mavericks' basketball operations department.

Harrison, if he accepts the role, is expected to work alongside current vice president of basketball operations Michael Finley with special advisor Dirk Nowitzki also assisting owner Mark Cuban, according to The New York Times' Marc Stein.

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