Mavericks Secure Future: Jason Kidd Signs Multi-Year Extension, Ends Lakers Speculation

Photo: Instagram/Jason Kidd

The Dallas Mavericks have secured their future by signing coach Jason Kidd to a multi-year contract extension, putting an end to speculation about his potential move to the Los Angeles Lakers. The announcement came just before the Mavericks' upcoming playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, with Game 1 scheduled for Tuesday night.

Mavericks general manager Nico Harrison expressed his confidence in Kidd, stating, "I have known Jason for a long time, and I cannot think of a better, more qualified candidate to lead this team going forward." Harrison highlighted Kidd's extensive experience as a former NBA champion and Hall of Fame player, emphasizing his invaluable contribution to the team's success.

Although the terms of the contract were not disclosed, the agreement extinguishes any rumors surrounding Kidd's departure from Dallas. Earlier reports had linked Kidd to the Lakers as a potential replacement for Darvin Ham, but the extension reaffirms his commitment to the Mavericks.

Photo: Instagram/Jason Kidd

Kidd, who previously served as an assistant coach for the Lakers from 2019 to 2021, has found success in his role with the Mavericks. Under his leadership, the team has made two playoff appearances, including a notable run to the Western Conference Finals in 2022. With a recent victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of this postseason, Kidd's playoff record with the Mavericks stands at 3-1.

One of Kidd's strengths lies in his ability to connect with players, particularly stars like Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Irving praised Kidd's strategic insight, describing him as someone who understands the intricacies of the game at a high level. This mutual understanding and rapport between coach and players have been pivotal to the Mavericks' success, prompting the team's decision to secure Kidd's services for the long term.

As the Mavericks gear up for their playoff showdown against the Thunder, the contract extension brings stability and continuity to the team's coaching staff, ensuring that Kidd will continue to play a central role in shaping the Mavericks' future endeavors on the court.

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Source: CBS Sports 

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