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The Real Reason Why The Lakers Hired Jason Kidd

(via NBA.com)

(via NBA.com)

For what it's worth, there might be more to the Lakers' decision to hire Jason Kidd. The former Nets and Bucks head coach was respected by the players, but he failed in both jobs to achieve any sort of success with the team. In fact, the season after he left Milwaukee, the Bucks earned the best record in the NBA.

So when the lakers insisted he join Frank Vogel's coaching staff in May, it raised a number of questions. But in a report by Newsday, the team could be using Kidd as a means to reach one of his former players, who is due to become a free agent in 2 years.

It can be easy to forget that 24-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo is only in his sixth season. After what was a relatively slow start, the Greek Freak has blossomed into one of the best players in the league and is almost single-handedly leading the Bucks to an NBA Finals berth.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, Giannis seems intent on staying in Milwaukee for the length of his career. His loyalty has not been questioned so far. Still, two seasons is a long time, and things change.

If their relationship sours and Giannis becomes a candidate to leave the Bucks, Jason Kidd might give them a leg up over the competition. Antetokounmpo has made his respect for Kidd widely known, and it is likely the two still keep an open relationship even now.

So what looked like an impulsive and frankly misguided move for L.A., may have actually been one in preparation of the future. There is no telling how it will work out for them, especially with the increasing inconsistency of their franchise lately.