That’s the surprising take from NBA analyst Nick Wright, who has strong advised the Lakers against replacing Luke Walton with Kidd.
Kidd has been searching a for a job ever since losing his position as the Milwaukee Bucks head coach in January 2018.
Milwaukee, now under the stewardship of Mike Budenholzer, are top of the Eastern Conference and have the best record in the NBA ahead of the playoffs.
But Kidd’s name has been linked with the possibility of taking over at the Lakers, along with Mark Jackson and Tyronn Lue.
Reports over the weekend suggested Kidd is being regarded as a “serious contender” to take over from Walton.
However, Wright believes LeBron James would be a better option than Kidd.
“They’re better off with LeBron as player-coach than Jason Kidd as the head coach,” Wright said on First Things First.
“I have been as critical of Luke Walton as anybody, I don’t know if he’s worse than Jason Kidd.
“Jason Kidd’s name, along with Mark Jackson and Ty Lue, have been the three names connected to the Lakers throughout the season.
“I think Ty would be an excellent choice, I think Mark Jackson would be a fine choice.
“Jason Kidd, in my opinion, would be an awful choice.
“I really cannot recommend the Lakers strongly enough to go a different way.”
Cris Carter agreed with his co-host, going as far to say that Kidd’s next job won’t be in the NBA.
“I’m sure the Lakers aren’t going to call him, but I think they did Jason Kidd a favour by putting him in the loop,” he said.
“I don’t believe he’s going to get an NBA job right now. I believe he’s going back to coach college basketball.”