Dallas Mavericks: Former Mav Steve Nash becomes Nets head coach

Dallas Mavericks: Steve Nash becomes Brooklyn Nets head coach

The Dallas Mavericks acquired two Hall of Famers on the same day in 1998. They moved down to the ninth pick to draft Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs also traded for Steve Nash. He was the backup point guard in Phoenix for his first two years in the NBA.

The young duo partnered with Michael Finley to help the Mavericks end a decade long playoff drought in 2001. Dallas would make four playoff appearances including a trip to the Western Conference Finals before Nash left to return to the Suns in 2004.

Nash was a two-time All-Star with the Mavs. He jump-started his Hall of Fame career in Dallas. The 6’3 point guard would take it to another level in Phoenix. Nash won two MVP awards and quarterbacked one of the best offenses in NBA history.

More: Mavs biggest questions entering the offseason

Some surprising news broke on Thursday morning. Let us take a look at the latest.

Former Dallas Mavericks All-Star Steve Nash takes over as Nets head coach

Adrian Wojnarowski broke the unexpected news on Twitter. See his tweet below.

Nash retired from the NBA in 2014. He was a consultant for the Golden State Warriors but has no NBA coaching experience. That may not be a problem. Steve Kerr won three championships and made five straight NBA Finals in his first coaching stint.

The Brooklyn Nets figure to be a title contender next season. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving should both be healthy and ready to lead the team. The Nets made the playoffs this season despite the two superstars playing 20 games combined.

It will be a fascinating storyline to follow next season. Expect Steve Nash to be a successful coach. He has a brilliant basketball mind and a talented roster. That sounds like a recipe for success. Keep an eye on how this plays out in 2021.

Next: 2020 NBA mock draft 4.0: First 31 picks post lottery