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.