Jason Kidd Officially Leaves Brooklyn Nets For Milwaukee Bucks
In a deal that did not seem possible just last week, the Milwaukee Bucks have reached a deal with the Brooklyn Nets allowing the team to grab the former all-star point guard as their head coach.
The move could become a front office position in the near future.
The news broke Saturday, as Kidd was reportedly upset about the contracts of recent first time coaches Derek Fisher and Steve Kerr and demanded a position that would trump general manager Billy King’s power and give him more power of personnel.
What makes this even more awkward, is that Bucks head coach Larry Drew has not yet been let go and is still under contract for the team.
According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski,
Here’s what the Milwaukee owners had communicated to coach Larry Drew about negotiating a deal for his job w/ Jason Kidd: Nothing.
The Bucks will be sending two second round draft picks to Brooklyn for the second year head coach.
The Nets need a new head coach and according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard former Memphis Grizzlies Lionel Hollins and Ettore Messina a former coach at CSKA Moscow are the latest candidates for the job.
This move could impact the Nets roster greatly as Shaun Livingston is said to have had a good relationship with Kidd, as well as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. All are free agents this upcoming offseason.
With no cap room, and an aging roster that needs improvement, King needs to move fast to for Kidd replacement and try to find a way to get younger.
Nets ended the season 44-38 and were ousted in the playoffs in the second round against the Miami Heat. Meanwhile, the Bucks who had just taken Jabari Parker with the second pick in this years NBA draft fell to a horrible 15-67 last season.