According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the hiring of both Jason Kidd as head coach and Nico Harrison as General Manager is now official.
Source: Mavs have officially agreed to terms with Jason Kidd to be their head coach and longtime Nike executive Nico Harrison to be the GM and run their basketball operations.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 25, 2021
Michael Finley is also expected to remain with the Dallas front office, though he may receive a new title. His current title is Vice President of Basketball Operations.
This morning, Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com shared that Kidd is already working to assemble a coaching staff with some familiar names.
Jason Terry is currently an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Arizona. Barea was last with the Mavericks as a player but was waived before last season began. He indicated to a few media members he’s interested in a coaching position.
The hire of Nico Harrison has been widely praised in basketball circles, as the Mavericks have been criticized recently for dealing poorly with the human elements of running a basketball team. The former Nike executive is highly regarded and brings a very different background to Dallas following the departure of longtime General Manager Donnie Nelson.
With the front office and coach sorted out, now the Mavericks can turn their attention towards reworking a roster led by generational superstar Luka Doncic. They have a tough but appealing job ahead, with an opportunity to build towards a championship.
Here’s our episode of the Mavs Moneyball Podcast discussing the Dallas Mavericks hiring Jason Kidd and Nico Harrison. Here’s the Green Room on the topics as well. Search Mavs Moneyball Podcast on your favorite app to find the episode, click the link, or press play in the player below.