On his way out of Dallas, Carlisle endorsed Jason Kidd as the next Mavs coach because “He and Luka [Doncic] have so many things in common as players.”
The Boston Celtics shockingly made two massive moves as coach Brad Stevens will be transitioning to become the franchise’s new president, replacing longtime president Danny Ainge, who decided to step down. Rick CarlisleNate BjorkgrenThe Indiana Pacers will hire Rick Carlisle as their next coach on a four-year, $29 million deal, according to ESPN. Carlisle recently stepped down as coach of the Mavericks after being in charge for 13 seasons with the franchise and helping lead the team to its only championship. Ime UdokaBrad StevensStevens, who has shifted roles with the Celtics from head coach to new team president, is reportedly close to finalizing his first major move as Boston: hiring Nets assistant Ime Udoka as his replacement. Almost immediately after firing Saunders, Minnesota named Toronto Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch as their new coach.