Over the weekend, news broke that Jason Kidd made a failed power play with the Brooklyn Nets in hopes of overseeing basketball operations. Because Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry is Kidd’s former financial adviser and a close friend, Kidd landed an interview with Milwaukee.
Kidd is hoping for a Phil Jackson-type role, where he can run the front office of a team, and step away from the coaching ranks. But by end of Sunday, reports were the Bucks were prepared to offer Kidd their head coaching position, and would send a 2015 second round pick to the Nets as compensation.
Whether Brooklyn will agree to that is another question. According to everyone involved in the situation, regardless of whether the Bucks situation pans out, Kidd will not return as coach of the Nets. The bridges have been burned, and Brooklyn wants a first round pick from Milwaukee.
On Sunday, more news came out of Brooklyn to fully explain the deteriorating relationship between Kidd and the team. It goes back to earlier in the season when Kidd removed assistant coach Lawrence Frank from the bench to filing reports upstairs. The demotion upset the front office and ownership because it was Kidd to pleaded with management to hire Frank during the offseason and make him the highest paid assistant coach in the league.
During the season, Kidd also pushed for a trade that would have sent Brook Lopez and Mirza Teletovic to the Bucks for Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova. Management disagreed with Kidd’s assessment that Lopez was not a good fit for the team.
So, when Kidd made his move this week for a promotion and was rejected, it was the last straw for the team. Lionel Hollins—who last coached the Memphis Grizzlies two seasons ago—has emerged as a front runner for the Nets coaching position.
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