Mavericks sign Jason Kidd to multi-year extension
Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavericks have signed head coach Jason Kidd to an extension, the team announced Monday in a press release. No details were provided on the contract beyond the fact that it’s a multi-year deal.

“We are excited to have Coach Kidd continue to lead our team throughout the coming years with this well-earned contract extension,” Mavericks governor Patrick Dumont said in a statement. “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.”

General manager Nico Harrison also praised Kidd in the statement.

“I have known Jason for a long time, and I cannot think of a better, more qualified candidate to lead this team going forward,” Harrison added. “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.”

Kidd, who was hired by the Mavericks in 2021 following past head coaching stints in Brooklyn and Milwaukee, has led the team to a 140-106 (.569) regular season record across three seasons, with a postseason mark of 13-11, including three playoff series wins.

There was some real pressure on Kidd entering this season following a disappointing 2022-23 campaign in which Dallas went 38-44 and missed the play-in tournament. Another underwhelming result would likely have put the head coach — whose initial contract ran through 2024-25 — on the hot seat.

Kidd responded by guiding the Mavs to a 50-32 record and a first-round victory over the Clippers. The team will be looking to advance even further in the postseason when it takes on a talented young Thunder team in round two. That series tips off on Tuesday.

The Mavericks’ new agreement with Kidd will formally end any speculation that he may end up as the new head coach of the Lakers, which already appeared very unlikely. Kidd served as an assistant coach for the Lakers from 2019-21 between head coaching jobs.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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