Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd reportedly may soon be landing another head coaching job — this time with New York’s other basketball team now.
According to Marc Stein of New York Times, the New York Knicks have ‘requested and received permission’ from the Lakers to interview Kidd for their coaching job.
Currently the NBA’s highest-paid assistant coach, Kidd would be transitioning from a championship-caliber Lakers team to a rebuilding Knicks team if he is hired.
During the 2019 NBA offseason, speculation surrounding Kidd’s true intentions in becoming a Lakers assistant coach began to run wild with many believing it was only a matter of time before he eventually replaced head coach Frank Vogel.
However, the Lakers have excelled in Vogel’s first season and Kidd’s dreams of becoming the head coach seem to be moving further and further away now.
As for the Knicks, they have been searching for a long-term option ever since they fired head coach David Fizdale in early December after just 22 games (4-18).
Kidd holds a 183-190 head coaching record but has managed to lead his teams to the NBA playoffs in three out of the four seasons that he has coached in full.
With the Knicks young core including RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, and Kevin Knox, Kidd would be taking control of a team that needs much direction.
However, if Kidd can manage to unlock untapped potential and put a potential top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to good use, he could build something special.
Kidd also has strong ties to Giannis Antetokounmpo, whom he coached for 3.5 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and developed a close relationship with.
Antetokounmpo even had issues with the Bucks front office for firing Kidd during the 2017-18 season and credits him largely in helping his development as a player.
It is widely known the Knicks will be aggressively pursuing Antetokounmpo when he enters 2021 NBA free agency and Kidd could go a long way in helping them.