The Dallas Mavericks had a spot open on their bench after Igor Kokoskov left to join Steve Nash on the Brooklyn Nets' coaching staff, but Mavs head coach Jason Kidd wasted little time in filling the position.
According to Brad Turner of the LA Times, Quinton Crawford is leaving the Lakers after three seasons to join Kidd in Dallas. They spent two seasons together in Los Angeles, including winning the championship in 2020. Crawford is just 31 years old and served as an assistant video coordinator for the Kings, Hornets, and Magic before joining the Lakers in 2019.
Crawford played college basketball at the University of Arizona for two years, and he has drawn rave reviews from his time with the Lakers. He worked as head video coordinator along with his assistant coach duties. Crawford had a position on new head coach Darvin Ham’s staff in LA, but he chose to move to Dallas to fill their open role on the bench.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks hiring Quinton Crawford as assistant: Promoting Greg St. Jean
Crawford is joining the staff, but Greg St. Jean will move up to fill Kokoskov’s role on the bench, according to Marc Stein. The 31-year-old will fill St. Jean’s former role on the staff. Kidd won a championship with both men in Los Angeles, and the trio will reunite in Dallas next season.
It appears the rest of Jason Kidd’s staff will return next season. Fans will see more former players dropping by during training camp as the Dallas Mavericks look to take another step forward in 2023. Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea took part last year and will be invited back with others likely to join them.
The Mavs have already made a key trade and more moves are ahead this offseason, so stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest news, rumors, and analysis.