Report: Jason Kidd ‘Promoting Himself’ To Be Head Coach If Luke Walton Fired

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton has already dealt with his fair share of media headlines throughout the 2018-2019 NBA season.

As the Lakers continue to struggle with injuries, Walton seems to be on thin ice with president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka.

President Jeanie Buss has been adamant the team continues to support Walton, but it is fair to wonder if his time as head coach is coming to an end. He was ultimately not hired by Johnson and Pelinka and the two reportedly may be looking to bring in their own head coach.

It appears as though Jason Kidd is already beginning to campaign for the potential head coaching job, according to Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News:

Jason Kidd, now living back in Phoenix, has been promoting himself to succeed Luke Walton as Lakers coach. Kidd wants back in while he still pockets $5 million this season from the Bucks, along with another $5 million he’ll get from Milwaukee next season.

It was reported earlier that Kidd had already been targeted as a potential replacement, and it appears there may have been some truth to it. Kidd last coached for the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2017-2018 season before he was fired midseason.

Walton and the Lakers have played well below expectations, but that is not entirely his fault given the roster has suffered injuries to some of their key rotational players. Still, even with LeBron James back in the starting lineup, the Lakers have still looked underwhelming on both ends.

While Walton may be safe for the time being, it is looking more likely that he will not be with the Lakers after the season is over. Expect more names besides Kidd to pop up if or when Walton is let go.

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