Jason Kidd sent to Bucks for two second-round picks
The return of Nets legend Jason Kidd to the bench lasted all of one season.
Just one year after Kidd retired as a player and took the head coaching job with Brooklyn, the former point guard has been shipped to Milwaukee for two second-round picks. According to multiple reports, the Nets will receive a second-rounder in the 2015 NBA Draft and either the 2018 or 2019 draft.
The move comes after a shocking power play by Kidd ended in irreparable harm between the coach and owner Mikhail Prokhorov. Kidd asked for total control of personnel decisions, according to reports Saturday night, and was rebuffed. He desired to be placed above current general manager Billy King in the team’s hierarchy. He also reportedly wanted to trade franchise center Brook Lopez and forward Mirza Teletovic to the Bucks for Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova.
Once rebuffed, the Nets gave Kidd permission to discuss a job with the Bucks.
The Bucks hired Larry Drew to be their head coach just last season. He was an NBA-worst 15-67 in 2013-14, but the roster was among the worst in the NBA.
It is still unknown where this move for Kidd leaves Drew. Yahoo! Sports reports Drew has not been included in any of the conversations over Kidd’s addition. It is also unclear where this leaves Bucks general manager John Hammond, who has been in that role since April 2008 and signed a three-year extension in January 2013.
The Bucks were purchased by Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry on April 16 for $550 million from Herb Kohl. Lasry has a personal relationship with Kidd.
The current front office staff was responsible for scouting the 2014 NBA Draft and selecting Duke forward Jabari Parker at No. 2 overall last week. Kidd, meanwhile, was in the Nets war room with King during the draft.
Candidates for the new Nets head coach include former Denver head coach George Karl, former Warriors head coach and Brooklyn native Mark Jackson and former CSKA Moscow head coach Ettore Messina.
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