Jason Kidd has reportedly entered the fray in the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching search.
According to ESPN and the Los Angeles Times, Kidd interviewed with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka on Monday. Per ESPN, Pelinka was accompanied by Kurt Rambis, a longtime Lakers player who now works as a team executive.
Kidd, a Hall of Fame point guard who served as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, is the third candidate to interview for the position vacated by Luke Walton.
Kidd, in five seasons as an NBA head coach, has a 183-190 record. He was fired midway through the 2017-18 season, his fourth in Milwaukee.
Tyronn Lue, LeBron James’ former coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams are the reported favorites for the Lakers job and have already spoken with the team. Williams, the former New Orleans Pelicans head coach, also has drawn interest from the Phoenix Suns, who fired Igor Kokoskov after just one season.
Walton, a few days after Magic Johnson’s abrupt, out-of-nowhere departure from the Lakers, “parted ways” with the franchise after three seasons. The team went 37-45 this year, missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season.
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