Jason Kidd: Tracking Latest Rumors Surrounding Nets Head Coach and Bucks

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Jason Kidd: Tracking Latest Rumors Surrounding Nets Head Coach and Bucks
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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:

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported compensation details:

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated previously reported the Nets and Bucks were still discussing compensation regarding a potential transaction involving Kidd:

Wojnarowski previously detailed a potential timeline for Kidd's possible move from the Nets to the Bucks:

Updates from Sunday, June 29

On Sunday evening, ESPN.com's Andy Katz reported on the latest negotiations with the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets over compensation for Jason Kidd: 

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:

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:

Bleacher Report's Howard Beck narrowed down the list:

Earlier in the day, Marc Stein of ESPN also reported on potential compensation for a possible move to Milwaukee:

C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel also broke down the landscape surrounding the talks:

Original Text

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:

A source who spoke to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck also confirmed the report:

USA Today's Sam Amick provides Milwaukee's response:

However, ESPN's Marc Stein reports the two sides are already in discussion:

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski notes possible compensation:

Wojnarowski adds more on Kidd's coveted role:

Beck also added this interesting nugget about Kidd's potential future in Brooklyn:

Stein reports on where the Nets would look if Kidd's tenure has run its course:

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:

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.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com provided some background for why Kidd would be targeting the Bucks and vice versa:

Stay tuned for more information as this story develops.

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