Jason Kidd may be leaving the Brooklyn Nets after he asked for more power in the basketball operations. His future with the team, at this time, is uncertain. The Nets gave him permission to interview with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to sources close to the process per Yahoo Sports. The Bucks then asked for and were granted permission to speak with Kidd about hiring him away from Brooklyn, sources said.
According to Yahoo Sports:
Kidd made a failed coup to Brooklyn’s Russian ownership to usurp the power of Nets general manager Billy King – and failed spectacularly. The Nets and Bucks are discussing compensation for Milwaukee hiring Kidd away, which will likely include second-round draft picks, sources told Yahoo Sports.
“The Russians are done with Kidd,” one high-ranking league source told Yahoo Sports on Saturday night.
According to New York Post:
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.
Kidd’s Relationship with Bucks Co-owner Marc Lasry:
New Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry is known to be close with Kidd after stints as a Nets minority owner and as the former All-Star point guard’s financial adviser. Lasry and Wes Edens, two New York investment firm executives, bought the team for about $550 million earlier this year. So Kidd’s has deep personal and professional ties with new Bucks owner Marc Lasry, and hiring him to run franchise is a real consideration.The Bucks have offered Jason Kidd the President of Basketball Operations job.
Yahoo Sports has learned Kidd entered into serious negotiations to become president of basketball operations for the Bucks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
According to ESPN:
As the Bucks try to pry Kidd from the final three years of his original four-year, $10.5 million contract to take over for (still employed) Larry Drew, one source told ESPN, “I don’t think Kidd will be back.”