Mavericks sign Kidd to extension amid Lakers link

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Jason Kidd has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced Monday.

The deal comes just days after ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that Kidd’s name was mentioned as a potential candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach job, which came open after the team fired Darvin Ham.

Kidd, 51, is coming off his third season as head coach of the Mavericks — a season in which he led the team to the Southwest Division title. In two of his three seasons, he coached the team to 50-plus wins (52 in 2021-22 and 50 in 2023-24) and playoff series wins in two seasons. Kidd also led the Mavs to the Western Conference finals in 2022.

“We are excited to have Coach Kidd continue to lead our team throughout the coming years with this well-earned contract extension,” said Mavericks owner Patrick Dumont. “Kidd led our team to two playoff appearances in three seasons, and we are looking forward to his leadership in continuing to build and grow this already great franchise.”

“I have known Jason for a long time, and I cannot think of a better, more qualified candidate to lead this team going forward,” added general manager Nico Harrison. “As a former NBA Champion Hall of Fame player, Jason brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role which cannot be duplicated. He has earned the trust and respect of our players and that of so many across the league, and I look forward to working alongside him as we continue to build upon the culture and foundation of success he’s helped foster throughout his tenure as head coach.

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