Updates from Monday, June 30
ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reports a deal has been reached between the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks involving Jason Kidd, with Bleacher Report's Howard Beck confirming:
Source : Bucks and Nets reach deal for Jason Kidd— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 30, 2014
Source confirms: Bucks and Nets have reached a deal allowing Kidd to leave for Milwaukee. @Chris_Broussard was first.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 30, 2014
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported compensation details:
Jason Kidd will go to the Bucks to coach for 2015 and 2019 second round picks, league source tells Yahoo Sport.s— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated previously reported the Nets and Bucks were still discussing compensation regarding a potential transaction involving Kidd:
Bucks/Nets still haggling over compensation as of this morning, but expectations are that a deal will get done to extract Jason Kidd.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 30, 2014
Wojnarowski previously detailed a potential timeline for Kidd's possible move from the Nets to the Bucks:
Possibility of getting Bucks 1st-round pick for Kidd is remote. Several sources believe deal gets done in 24 hours w/ a 2nd rounder, or two.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
Lost in this is violation of coach's code: You don't pursue job belonging to someone else. Humiliating end for Larry Drew. Kidd's shameless.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
Bucks ownership masking this as a coach hiring, but belief is that it's just matter of time until Kidd has full control in Milwaukee.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
Updates from Sunday, June 29
Jason Kidd will be the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks if the Brooklyn Nets agree to the Bucks' terms of a 2015 second-round draft pick in exchange for Kidd, a source with direct knowledge told ESPN Sunday.
The source said the Bucks offered a second-round pick, but the Nets wanted a 2015 first-round pick in exchange, a negotiating chip the Bucks originally dismissed.
"If the Nets agree then there will be a deal, if they don't then (the Bucks) are comfortable moving on and there will be nothing further to talk about," said the source. "The only thing (the Bucks) would give them is a second-round pick. They want a first. In the next 24 hours, there will either be a deal or there won't be a deal."
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported on the state of the relationship between Jason Kidd and the Brooklyn Nets:
Regardless of how the Bucks situation plays out, there are strong indications from Brooklyn that there is no way Jason Kidd will be back.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 29, 2014
Although Brooklyn has yet to comment on the reports surrounding the franchise, Mannix also reported on a potential replacement for Kidd if he were to exit the organization:
Mark Jackson is on the Nets list as potential Kidd replacement, though I'm told is not high on it. Lionel Hollins under strong consideration— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 29, 2014
Bleacher Report's Howard Beck narrowed down the list:
Also, sounding more and more like Lionel Hollins is the frontrunner to replace Kidd.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 30, 2014
Earlier in the day, Marc Stein of ESPN also reported on potential compensation for a possible move to Milwaukee:
ESPN source confirms @NetsDaily tweet that BKN "resolute in their pursuit of first-round pick as compensation for Jason Kidd joining Bucks"— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2014
C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel also broke down the landscape surrounding the talks:
League source indicates Bucks only offering Jason Kidd a coaching job, not a front-office position.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 29, 2014
Source said situation should be resolved within 24 hours. Bucks offering second-round compensation and Nets want a first-round pick.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 29, 2014
Bucks GM John Hammond and assistant GM David Morway not in jeopardy and no one interviewed for their positions, source said.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 29, 2014
Source indicates Bucks owners met with Kidd on Friday in New York, day after draft.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 29, 2014
Jason Kidd is reportedly exploring an opportunity outside of the Brooklyn Nets organization. Tim Bontemps of the New York Post reported that Kidd attempted to take a larger role with the team and after failing has been granted permission to talk to the Milwaukee Bucks about a possible role in their organization:
According to a league source, Kidd recently approached ownership with a series of demands, including the role of overseeing the Nets’ basketball operations department in addition to his head coaching responsibilities. The source said Kidd didn’t want general manager Billy King to be dismissed, but wanted to be given a title and placed above him in the organizational hierarchy.
Ownership declined to grant Kidd that kind of power, which is rare for any coach in the league to have. The source said ownership felt Kidd wasn’t ready for that kind of responsibility after having only one year of coaching experience—the team finished his first season on the bench with a 44-38 record, good for sixth in the Eastern Conference—and allowed Kidd to seek other opportunities.
The franchise then was approached by the Bucks for permission to speak with Kidd about the prospect of hiring him, and the Nets granted permission.
NBA.com's David Aldridge spoke to a source who confirmed the story:
Source confirms the gist of @TimBontemps report: Nets have granted the Bucks permission to speak with Jason Kidd. Incredible.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 29, 2014
A source who spoke to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck also confirmed the report:
Source confirms Kidd has permission to speak w/Bucks after being denied head of bball ops w/Nets, as first reported by @TimBontemps— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 29, 2014
Source: Kidd isn't pursuing Bucks coaching job. He wants to be president of basketball ops.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 29, 2014
USA Today's Sam Amick provides Milwaukee's response:
From Bucks PR: "We're not going to comment on rumors or speculation." So there you have it. Nothing to see here, clearly...— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 29, 2014
However, ESPN's Marc Stein reports the two sides are already in discussion:
ESPN sources say Bucks and Nets have already begun discussing potential compensation to free Kidd from last three years of Brooklyn contract— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2014
Compensation discussions don't guarantee Kidd is sure to leave Nets but at least one source believes we'll know one way or another by Monday— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2014
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski notes possible compensation:
Realistic compensation for Bucks to deliver Nets: "Bunch of second-round picks," one source says. No doubt Nets pursuing a first-rounder.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 29, 2014
Wojnarowski adds more on Kidd's coveted role:
In pursuing exit to Milwaukee, source tells Yahoo of Jason Kidd's ambitions: "He wants the Doc and Pop role (there). Running everything."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 29, 2014
Beck also added this interesting nugget about Kidd's potential future in Brooklyn:
No shock here, but sense I get from plugged-in sources is that Kidd is probably finished w/Nets whether he lands another job or not.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 29, 2014
Stein reports on where the Nets would look if Kidd's tenure has run its course:
Have heard same as one & only @HowardBeck: Lionel Hollins & George Karl are also prime names of interest if Kidd, as appears likely, exits— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2014
Milwaukee already has a head coach—Larry Drew—so it would make sense that Kidd would want a front office gig rather than a coaching/management job.
NBA coaches simultaneously taking over a role in basketball operations remains pretty rare.
However, Wojnarowski explains that may not be Kidd's intention:
Bucks officials under this belief, sources tell Yahoo: Kidd wants Phil Jackson-like president's role with Bucks - perhaps without coaching.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 29, 2014
Currently, only Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs, Stan Van Gundy with the Detroit Pistons, Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers and Flip Saunders with the Minnesota Timberwolves serve in both coaching and front office roles.
All of those guys are veteran head coaches who have years of postseason experience. Many are surprised that Kidd, who has just one year on the sidelines, would push to gain that much control.
Not sure what's nuttier: Kidd making a power play to run the Nets, or the Bucks wanting to hire him in the wake of said power play.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 29, 2014
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com provided some background for why Kidd would be targeting the Bucks and vice versa:
Bucks new co-owner Mark Lasry is close with Kidd, serving at one time as his financial advisor.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 29, 2014
Stay tuned for more information as this story develops.