UPDATE: Wednesday, June 12, at 7:50 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
ESPN's Marc Stein says the Nets are on the verge of naming Jason Kidd their next head coach:
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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 12, at 9:07 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
The Nets and Jason Kidd are reportedly working on finalizing a three-year contract that would see Kidd serve as Brooklyn's head coach, according to Philadelphia Inquirer's Joseph A. Gambardello.
Former NBA star Jason Kidd is in line to become coach of the Brooklyn Nets for the next three years, a source familiar with the negotiations tells The Inquirer.
Final details of the contract are being worked out, but an announcement is expected this week, the source said.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 11, at 3:00 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow
It is looking more and more likely that we'll see Jason Kidd on the sidelines for the Brooklyn Nets next season, as Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the future Hall of Fame point guard is now the front-runner to land the Nets' coaching vacancy.
Jason Kidd has emerged as the strong front-runner to become the Brooklyn Nets head coach and could be hired before the end of the week, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Nets ownership has told league associates that it wants a "fresh face" as coach, and the hiring of Kidd would give them a star quality that comes with significant risk for a franchise with a mandate to compete for championships in the short term.
Talks on a possible contract for Kidd are under way, sources said.
Wojnarowski also reports that Kidd is working on assembling a coaching staff, including former Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank along with Roy Rogers, who was an assistant under Frank in Detroit. The report also states that no names are locked into a position in a potential coaching staff.
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UPDATE: Monday, June 10, at 6:40 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
While the Nets have yet to offer their head coaching vacancy to Kidd, Wojnarowski reports that he is indeed a serious candidate:
Kidd has convinced Nets management of his seriousness of committing the time and energy necessary to move into a head coaching job within weeks of his retirement as a 10-time NBA All-Star point guard, league sources said.
The Nets could make a decision within the next several days, and Kidd's candidacy has been a consideration for the past two to three weeks, league sources said.
Nets ownership has long been intrigued with making a star hire in the coaching spot, and Kidd's history with the franchise and standing in the sport's history makes him an even more attractive candidate.
Kidd interviewed with GM Billy King on Monday, and Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw will meet with King on Wednesday, according to the report.
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The 40-year-old, who retired from the NBA last week, is familiar with the Nets organization after helping the team get to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. The 19-year veteran point guard showed a strong knowledge of the game throughout his NBA career, being named an NBA All-Star 10 times.
The Nets reportedly are considering Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw to be their next coach, but there have been discussions within Brooklyn's front office about Kidd's potential as Nets coach.
Kidd, an all-around player, averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals in his NBA career. He's also third all-time with 107 triple doubles.
While he was never a particularly good shooter (40 percent from the field for his career), his feel for the game, vision, passing skills, rebounding ability and defensive prowess made him an extremely valuable player, even later in his career. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team four times.
Former players have been a mixed bag when it comes to head coaching positions, but Kidd knows the game well and is a born leader. It's very possible that he could become a solid head coach in the NBA. He's a proven communicator, as he displayed on the floor throughout the years.
It's going to be interesting to see which direction the Nets go. Kidd is widely respected throughout the league, but he has no coaching experience.
It would be risky hiring the 40-year-old, but the decision could pay major dividends down the road.
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