The Nets have already decided that Jason Kidd won’t be back next season, after he unsuccessfully made a bold move to try to gain far more power within the organization.
The Bucks were the team Kidd used as leverage, and it’s believed that Kidd will end up there in some capacity. But in order for that to happen, Milwaukee and Brooklyn need to agree on compensation for the Nets letting Kidd out of his contract, and so far that has been problematic, for somewhat obvious reasons.
The Nets are demanding a first round pick, while the Bucks seem steadfast in being only willing to part with a single second round pick instead.
From Andy Katz of ESPN.com:
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.”
The source said the Bucks only talked to Kidd about being the coach, not any kind of administrative position running basketball operations.
That last part is the most interesting in all of this, for a couple of very specific reasons.
First of all, the Bucks already have a head coach — not a great one in Larry Drew, but that’s beside the point. Ownership going out and shopping for his potential replacement while Drew has yet to be fired lacks any kind of professionalism whatsoever, and a move like that is far from the one a new ownership group wants to be associated with as its first major splash.
Then there’s the notion that Kidd would be content giving up a head coaching gig in Brooklyn to merely take one in Milwaukee, with no additional duties or responsibilities being assigned. His wanting to work less in an executive role was a big reason for forcing the issue with Nets ownership, and if that’s not being offered with the Bucks, it would be difficult to see how a move like that for him personally ends up making any sense.
This whole thing is a mess for everyone involved. Brooklyn holds all the cards here by having Kidd under contract, and the team’s billionaire owner could force Kidd to stay that way and simply pay him to not do much at all. We’ll see who blinks first.