The Dallas Mavericks have made changes in their power structure for the first time in more than a decade. Former Nike executive Nico Harrison is set to replace Donnie Nelson as the team’s president of basketball operations. Rick Carlisle resigned and Jason Kidd is slated to fill his role. The decision-makers around owner Mark Cuban have changed, but the pressure to win remains.
Luka Doncic can sign a max contract extension worth over $200 million this offseason. He is expected to agree to the deal, but the clocking is ticking for the Mavs to build a title contender around the 22-year-old. Doncic proved he is a superstar and top five player in the NBA in the playoffs. Dallas needs pieces around him to make the jump.
Early on Friday morning, Adrian Wojnarowski reported Kidd is assembling a coaching staff as he finalizes his deal with the Mavericks. Who could be on his staff? Let us take a closer look at some candidates.
Who will join Jason Kidd in coaching the Dallas Mavericks next season
Last season, the Mavs had five assistant coaches along with three development coaches. No word yet on who will return. They may keep multiple assistants.
Jamahl Mosley was Rick Carlisle’s top assistant and had been in Dallas for seven seasons. He was linked to the head coaching job, so there are no guarantees he stays to be an assistant under J-Kidd.
Mike Weinar, Zach Guthrie, Jenny Boucek, and Darrell Armstrong rounded out Carlisle’s staff. Expect the Mavericks to keep some continuity there. Boucek and Armstrong seem like the most likely candidates to stay.
Shooting coach Peter Patton must remain with the team. The Mavs have several success stories reworking and improving jumpers under Patton. He should be a must on Kidd’s staff.
Four names jump to mind that Kidd could want to add for next season. Eric Hughes was an assistant under him in both stops and all five seasons the Hall of Fame point guard has been a head coach. Kidd also coached with Stacy Augmon for two seasons in Milwaukee. The Plastic Man could be a target for his staff in Dallas. He currently works as a player development coach for the Kings. A reunion with two former teammates could be on the horizon too.
J.J. Barea could be ready to hang up the sneakers and join the coaching staff. Jason Terry also appears to be a fit. Both would be a logical choices for Kidd’s staff. The trio won a championship together on the Mavericks in 2011 and were teammates for multiple seasons.
Who stays and who goes will be interesting to watch in the coming weeks. The Dallas Mavericks have the top decision-makers in place. They are looking to round out their front office and coaching staffs as they gear up for an important offseason. Can they add enough help around Luka Doncic and get the right pieces in place to jump into title contention? It will be no easy task, but the new-look Mavs are up for the challenge.