The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to terms with Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd to be their head coach and longtime Nike executive Nico Harrison to be their general manager and run the franchise’s basketball operations, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon on Friday.
Kidd, who had two stints with the Mavericks during his playing career and starred on the 2010-11 championship team, has had the support of Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki and others who have been advising team owner Mark Cuban. Nowitzki recently returned to the franchise as a special adviser to assist Cuban in the searches for a new lead basketball executive and coach in the wake of the departures of Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle.
Sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday that Kidd had begun the early stages of assembling a coaching staff.
Harrison, who has been pursued by other teams for front-office roles, has well-established connections with players throughout the NBA stemming from his two decades with Nike. He has a strong relationship with Luka Doncic, having played an instrumental role in the Mavericks star shifting from Nike to the Jordan Brand in the fall of 2019.
Mavericks vice president of basketball operations Michael Finley is expected to remain with the franchise and work alongside Harrison, sources said.