It’s official. Jason Kidd is on his way to Milwaukee to be the next head coach of the Bucks, according to sources.
The Bucks will send the Nets two 2nd-round picks, one in 2015, and the other in 2019 in exchange for Kidd’s services.
Larry Drew had been the acting Bucks coach, and according to reports, Drew was not notified about Milwaukee’s pursuit of Kidd. It’s unclear what his status is with the organization.
Here’s what the Milwaukee owners had communicated to coach Larry Drew about negotiating a deal for his job w/ Jason Kidd: Nothing.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
This all started on Saturday evening when Kidd asked Nets ownership if he could along with being the teams coach, also be the President of Basketball Operations. Basically, Kidd wanted to call the shots for Brooklyn. He wanted more power than Billy King, which was something ownership would not allow.
Kidd was named head coach of the Nets less than one month after he announced his retirement from the NBA. His tenure in Brooklyn got off to a rough 10-21 start, but the Nets rebounded to have the 2nd best record in the Eastern Conference after January 1st.
The Nets though were eliminated in the 2nd round of the playoffs at the hands of the Miami Heat in 5 games.
After seeing the type of contracts Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher received from the Warriors and Knicks, Kidd reportedly was not happy about his contract with the Nets and wanted more.
Now, he’s headed to Milwaukee where he will team up with Bucks owner Marc Lasry whom he’s reportedly close with and Jabari Parker. The Bucks have not won a division title since 2001, and Milwaukee isn’t exactly the best free-agent destination so Kidd certainly has his work cut out for him in building a winner.