Skip to main content

Coach Kidd’s personal visit to Latvia puts Porzingis trade rumors to rest (for now)

Jason-Kidd-Kristaps-Porzingis

There’s a lot of expectation for Jason Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks next season. Fans are hoping for roster changes and await the arrival of big names via trade, but Kidd's recent move proved that a player the fans hope to get rid of is part of long-term plans in Dallas. 

Kidd personally visits Kristaps Porzingis in Latvia

After the Dallas Mavericks entourage consisted of coach Kidd, owner Mark Cuban, executive Michael Finley, general manager Nico Harrison, and special adviser Dirk Nowitzki flew to Slovenia to see Luka Dončić sign his super-max extension, Kidd went to visit the team’s other superstar in Latvia. This move could prove to be a stroke of genius for the new coach in hopes of easing the alleged tensions between Kristaps Porzingis and Dončić.

"I wanted to see where he lived, that is home for him. Beautiful place. We always talk about family. Sometimes we need to show our care factor. I care. I wanted to let him know that I care."

Jason Kidd, BasketNews

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Giving another star almost the same treatment with the team’s superstar speaks highly of how Kidd envisions KP’s role moving forward. The Latvian’s seemingly lacked the interest to get involved on offense and not hustling back on defense during last season’s Playoffs drew the ire of fans that demanded that he’d be traded right away. If Kidd went out of his way to make Porzingis feel like a star, then the only way for the Mavericks is up. A healthy KP and a more motivated Luka could push the team deeper in the playoffs next year. 

Kidd’s failed stint in Milwaukee

Kidd has definitely learned his lesson after his stint as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks achieved nothing but mediocrity. In addition to limited results, his coaching style Jason Kidd’s coaching style is described as “psychological warfare.”

">didn't get a lot of positive reviews.

“His (Kidd) coaching style was described as ‘psychological warfare’ by a former Bucks player.”

Jorge Sedano, via The Jump

Those are pretty strong words coming from a former player. If Kidd can reinvent himself in Dallas, he could help bring another title to the city and become a legendary figure for the franchise as a 2-time champion: one as a player and one as a head coach. 

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton, guard Jrue Holiday, and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks to host youth programs as part of the NBA Abu Dhabi Games

Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks will be the first NBA teams to play in Abu Dhabi

Phoenix Suns' forward Jae Crowder defending Chicago Bulls' star DeMar DeRozan

Can the Chicago Bulls make a trade for disgruntled Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder?

Find out if the Chicago Bulls can acquire disgruntled Phoenix Suns small forward, Jae Crowder.

Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan with Lonzo Ball

Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan bracing for the entire season without Lonzo Ball

The Bulls are preparing themselves to be competitive while they wait on the health of starting guard Lonzo Ball. Here's what their head coach had to say about the matter.

Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd

"You can't say, 'This is the way I would do it'" — Jason Kidd explains why he never forced his players to emulate his playing style

Kidd's experience on the Lakers coaching staff has proven to be extrememly valuable in his evolution as a coach.

Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon

Greg Anthony singles out the most underrated part of Hakeem Olajuwon's on-court skillset

Everyone praises Hakeem's footwork. Greg Anthony praised his God-given instincts for the game.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham and general manager Rob Pelinka

How the Los Angeles Lakers could take advantage of the NBA's new rule

The new NBA rule could benefit the Lakers if they implement a run-and-gun system.

North Carolina Tar Heels guard Michael Jordan

“No one knew me until then” — Michael Jordan revealed the most satisfying time of his basketball career

Michael Jordan will never forget his time in North Carolina because of the pressure he had to conquer to make a name for himself.