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Mavericks introduce GM Nico Harrison and head coach Jason Kidd

Mavericks introduce GM Nico Harrison and head coach Jason Kidd

In team issued statements on Monday, the Dallas Mavericks introduced new general manager Nico Harrison and new head coach Jason Kidd.

“We are very excited to bring Nico Harrison to Dallas and have him join our organization,” said Mark Cuban. “Nico brings a wealth of basketball knowledge along with both executive and leadership skills. He has proven to have a unique eye for talent on and off the court. I’m looking forward to watching Nico lead the Mavs to new heights.”

In joining the Mavericks front office, Harrison leaves Nike after 19 years, where he was the Vice President of North America basketball operations.

“It’s a true honor to be the general manager of the Mavericks; an iconic franchise with a rich history not only within the NBA, but across sports,” said Harrison. “I’m grateful for this rare opportunity and want to thank Mark and the rest of the organization for putting their trust in me to move the team to the next level.”

Replacing Rick Carlisle after 13 seasons with the Mavericks is Jason Kidd, who is the 10th head coach in the franchise’s history. Kidd joins the Mavericks for his third stint with the franchise, playing for the Mavericks from 1994-96 and 2008-2012, helping win the franchise’s first championship in 2011.

“We are excited to welcome J-Kidd and his family back to Dallas,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. “He possesses a winning mentality that carried him through a Hall of Fame career as a player and has helped him successfully transition to the NBA’s coaching ranks. We are eager for him to get to work and lead our franchise and talented young players into the future.”

For Kidd, he leaves his post as an assistant of the Los Angeles Laker where he’s been for the last two seasons, winning a championship last season. Kidd has a 183-190 coaching record over four and a half seasons with the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.

“Dallas has meant so much to me as a player and I want to thank Mark Cuban for the opportunity to return as a head coach,” Kidd said. “I am excited to get to work with this young, hungry and incredibly talented team and to continue to build a winning legacy for the Mavericks organization.”

The Mavericks now shift their focus to filling Kidd’s coaching staff and preparing for a busy offseason.

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