Jason Kidd is hoping to return to the sidelines.
Kidd, who was fired by the Bucks in Jan. 2018, has been linked to the Lakers job if Luke Walton is fired after the season. He also could head to the collegiate ranks as he’s reportedly the leading candidate to replace Wyking Jones at California.
Kidd discussed his plans for the future during an interview Monday on ESPN’s “The Jump.”
“I think Cal is a great institution. We’ll see what happens,” Kidd said. “Right now, it’s nice to be wanted. And it just tells me I’m doing the right thing. And I think the year off helps clean up some things too, just to refocus and have that energy.
“We’ll wait until the season’s over to see what opportunities come about and hopefully, there’s one that fits.”
Kidd said the Lakers were one of the best franchises in the “world” but added Walton has done an “incredible job.”
“If you ever have the opportunity to wear the purple and gold, you can’t turn that down, as a coach, as a player, because they’re all about championships,” Kidd said. “They have a process.”
LeBron James left the Cavaliers and signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the Lakers in July 2018. The three-time NBA champion is averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists during his first season in Los Angeles.
“When you talk about the best player in the world (in James), you always are going to say yes because as a coach or as a teammate, he’s always going to make you better because you’re going to work,” Kidd said. “As a coach, X and Os, you’ve got to be on point.
“As a teammate, you’re going to work extremely hard because you know he’s going to need you to make that shot or come up with a defensive play. So, that would be a great honor to coach any elite basketball player.”
Kidd, who was a 10-time All-Star as a player, registered a 139-152 record and made two playoff appearances during his time with Milwaukee. He also coached the Nets for one season.
The Lakers have been eliminated from playoff contention and entered play Monday with a 32-41 record.