The Dallas Mavericks are still working to round out their coaching staff. Rick Carlisle suddenly resigned after the team’s second straight first-round playoff exit, and owner Mark Cuban selected Jason Kidd as his replacement. The Hall of Fame point guard has built a strong staff including the most recent addition Kristi Toliver as an assistant coach.
One sought-after candidate for the Mavs bench was Jason Terry. The franchise legend helped Dallas win a championship in 2011 and make two NBA Finals appearances as a player. He was an assistant at the University of Arizona last season and was looking to take a leap up the ranks.
The Nuggets announced on Aug. 19 that they signed The Jet to be the head coach of their G League affiliate the Grand Rapids Gold next season. The move came as a bit of a surprise. Here is a look at why and if the Mavs will regret letting Terry get away.
Will the Dallas Mavericks regret letting Jason Terry get away?
The Jet was with the Dallas Mavericks at the Las Vegas Summer League just days ago. Brad Townsend tweeted this on Thursday afternoon.
Mavs fans should be happy for Terry as he landed a coveted coaching job. He wants to be a head coach in the NBA and took the next step in his journey by accepting the position with the Nuggets.
Dallas will regret letting him get away. The Jet is a respected talent with 19 years of NBA playing experience. He was the perfect candidate for one of the spots on the bench next to head coach Jason Kidd. The duo played together on the Mavericks 2011 championship team and could have helped bring the second title to Dallas, so it was disappointing to see Terry sign elsewhere.
Dallas Mavericks fans should not fret. Jason Kidd will have a strong staff in place that is hungry to compete for a championship. Luka Doncic could become the best player in the NBA under Kidd. Jason Terry would have helped the Mavs, but he took a fantastic opportunity in Grand Rapids and should excel as a head coach. Keep an eye on the Gold this season with The Jet leading their charge.