Jason Kidd interviewed for the Los Angeles Lakers‘ head-coaching vacancy Monday, multiple sources told ESPN.
Kidd becomes the third candidate to meet with the Lakers, following Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams and former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, who both interviewed last week. Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard is also scheduled to interview for the job, sources told ESPN, and Williams and Lue are expected to have follow-up sessions.
Kidd’s interview was with general manager Rob Pelinka and team executive Kurt Rambis and was conducted at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, California. The interview with the Hall of Fame point guard lasted for several hours, sources told ESPN.
The 46-year-old Kidd formerly coached the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. He was fired by Milwaukee during the 2017-18 season. In Kidd’s 4½ seasons with the Bucks and Nets, his teams compiled a 183-190 record (.491).
Kidd has previous ties to Lakers star LeBron James, having been an Olympic teammate of his in 2008, when Team USA won the gold in Beijing. Kidd’s Dallas Mavericks also defeated James and the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.