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Jason Kidd Traded To Milwaukee (Updated)

Update 01/07/2014: In news this morning, Jason Kidd has officially been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks by the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for two second round draft picks. Despite earlier reports, there has been no mention of Kidd’s role being anything more than a head coaching role, with speculation about a job in the front office still unconfirmed.

Milwaukee have fired ex-head coach Larry Drew to make way for the incoming Kidd.


Following yesterday’s shock report that Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd would step away from his role with the team after being denied to chance to become head of basketball operations, it has become apparent that a similar deal is now close with Eastern rivals the Milwaukee Bucks.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports has detailed that the breakdown in the relationship between the Nets and Kidd has been brewing for some time, but that Kidd’s desire for control was ultimately the undoing of ties between the two parties, inciting a change of scenery for the controversial first year coach.

Another reason for the rift between management and coach is said to be Kidd’s distaste with fellow first year coaches Derek Fisher and Steve Kerr being offered more lucrative deals by their respective teams than was the case with his deal last year.

As a result, a deal is said to be close between the Nets and Bucks which would compensate Brooklyn (somewhat) for the loss of it’s coach, while also seeing Kidd become the Head of Basketball Operations in Milwaukee. The deal is said to include two second round draft picks, but there is little known beyond that at this point.

It remains to be seen how Kidd will perform in a leading role, but with a bad reputation, zero front office experience and a penchant for alienating his co-workers, it’s hard to be optimistic for him.

Ex-Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is said to be next in line for the job at Brooklyn once the Kidd deal is done.

The story continues to unfold.

Pistons Acquire Jennings in Sign and Trade with Milwaukee


The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a sign and trade which will see guard Brandon Jennings head to the Detroit Pistons on a 3-year, $24 million deal, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports this morning. As part of the trade the Pistons will send Brandon Knight to Milwaukee along with Slava Kravtsov and forward Khris Middleton. Jennings, who shot a touch under 40% last season for the Bucks has long been searching for a contract which would guarantee him big money and a leading role, but so far had not been able to land a deal and it was becoming more likely that he would remain with Milwaukee will at least the end of the 2013/14 season.

The Pistons, who recently added forward Josh Smith to the roster, will be looking for Brandon Jennings to improve his efficiency after giving him about $4 million under what the point guard was asking. They’ll likely play him at shooting guard due to the signing of Chauncey Billups earlier in free agency, with the remainder of the starting lineup consisting of Josh Smith at small forward, Greg Monroe at power forward and Andre Drummond anchoring the paint. The bench is also rounded out by the inclusion of Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum and rookie Peyton Siva.

Brandon Jennings averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists in 80 games for the Bucks last season.

Nick C.

Redick, Dudley To To Clippers In Three-Team Trade


As per Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports, a three-way trade has this morning taken place that includes the LA Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. According to Woj, the Clippers have shipped out back up point guard Eric Bledsoe and role playing forward Caron Butler to the Suns, who will send back small forward Jared Dudley. The Clippers will also receive agile shooting guard JJ Redick from the Bucks who will gain two future second round picks in the trade.

This trade benefits both teams and instantly help the benches become even deeper with the Clippers finally getting a stretch-two guard in Redick who will space the floor and provide some great floor space. Redick posted a season average of 14.1 points last season in Milwaukee, while Jared Dudley can also provide 10 points a game off the bench. The Suns will need to make a decision about what to do with Goran Dragic as it is well known Bledsoe has been looking for a starting role. That remains to be seen, but they also have a new three point shooting forward in Caron Butler to give them even greater scoring power. Something Phoenix has lacked a lot of in recent years. Lastly in the trade, the Bucks will gain two future second round picks.

Nick C.

Thomas Robinson Traded To Portland


The Houston Rockets continued clearing cap space today in the hope of gaining the signature of prize free agent Dwight Howard and the Portland Trailblazers were the big winners.

The Blazers are sending the rights to Kostas Papanikolau and Marko Todorovic, as well as two future second round picks for Robinson, according to Adrian Wojnarowski oy Yahoo Sports.

Robinson was the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and although he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations so far, he hasn’t been given much of a chance. Many expect that with more court time in Portland, due to their lack of a decent bench, he should show quite a marked improvement.

Dan Attias.

End Of An Era: Boston Trade Garnett, Pierce, Terry To Brooklyn

Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

The Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets have agreed in principle to a blockbuster trade which sees a huge roster swap complete what will be remembered as one of the great eras in Celtics history. Earlier this morning, Yahoo! sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that the Celtics were looking to offload Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Nets in exchange for Keith Bogans and three future first round picks. This followed the epic departure of longtime coach Doc Rivers for the Western rivals the Clippers not even a week ago. Holding up the deal was Garnett’s ‘no trade’ clause within his contract which states that should the Celtics attempt to trade him, it can only be completed upon his approval and waiving of the clause. This afternoon, the great KG did just that and in turn opened the flood gates on the biggest trade to rock the NBA in months. We are only now getting an insight into what the parameters of the trade actually are.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry will head to the Deron Williams-led Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans, Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia and Keith Bogans plus three future first round picks (unprotected) in 2014, 2016 and 2018. ESPN reported a big reason for Terry being involved in the trade was because Boston are absorbing the $30 Million contract of Gerald Wallace. The Nets however still have a payroll of approximately $100 Million and are deep in luxury tax territory in 2013/14. Boston have gone into full blown rebuilding mode, attempting to gather as many picks as possible in what we can assume will be a draft-oriented build. 

The trade cannot be made official until July 10th when the NBA will lift a league-wide moratorium on all trades and signings.

Kings Trade Rookie Thomas Robinson To Rockets In Three-Team Deal


As per Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports, Sacramento Kings rookie and 5th overall draftee Thomas Robinson has been traded to the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade involving 6 players. The Rockets will acquire Robinson from the Kings, as well as Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt and a 2nd round pick in exchange for Cole Aldridge, Toney Douglas and Patrick Patterson plus cash considerations. Also involved in the deal, the Phoenix Suns who receive Marcus Morris from Houston in exchange for a 2013 2nd round pick. The Kings have moved over $10 Million in salary while receiving only $6.5 in return leaving them a considerably larger amount of cap space than they already had.

Robinson, drafted 5th overall by the Kings in the 2012 draft has played just 51 games for Sacramento, and has shown considerable amounts of promise throughout his time in Sacramento.  The trade deadline is less than 24 hours away, and ordinarily the world of basketball is crawling with potential trades and rumors however 2013 has proven to be quite the opposite with the Robinson trade being the single and only deal to go down.

Nick C.

Analyzing The James Harden Trade

It came as somewhat of a shock to many on Sunday. Oklahoma City, last year’s runner up and this year’s high hope trading their reigning Sixth Man of The Year and ultimate play maker off the bench. There were predictions of a trade involving said Sixth Man, but few saw it unfolding as dramatically as it did. In the dwindling hours of Sunday afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! sports broke the news of a trade that could ultimately change the course of the Western Conference and indeed the NBA as a whole. Fans, teams, officials and players have been left to ponder a decision which may impact the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Championship hopes for at least this year. Here, we take a look at the trade which has seen ‘The Beard’ himself, James Harden accept an offer to join Jeremy Lin at the Houston Rockets, and leave a title hopeful Thunder in his wake.