Jason Kidd is now the Milwaukee Bucks’ problem.
Kidd made a power play in Brooklyn — he wanted a raise and team president powers and if he didn’t get it he was going to push to move to Milwaukee where he knows one of the owners — and the Nets called his bluff. You want to leave Brooklyn for Milwaukee, go for it.
Kidd and the Bucks owners (without the GM involved at first) reached a deal, and Kidd is now going to coach the Bucks next season. The only question was compensation and the Nets will get two second round picks. Marc Stein of ESPN was first with the deal (it has sense been confirmed by multiple others).
Those are 2015 and 2019 second round picks, according to Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal. The Nets had tried to hold out for a first round pick from the Bucks, but Brooklyn blinked first.
The Nets will move quickly to find a new coach. Lionel Hollins is considered the frontrunner but Mark Jackson and George Karl also are in the mix.
Kidd angered a lot of people in the coaching community (and had a lot of people in front offices turned off as well) by going after a job with a sitting coach in Larry Drew. While Kidd is officially only the coach right now pretty much everyone around the league expects him to have GM/team president powers down the line. It’s in his nature to push for it.
But he’s going to find Milwaukee a very different experience — no real veterans on the roster, not an ownership or market that is going to flaunt the salary cap, and not a market you can easily recruit stars to.
Milwaukee is all about player development — they have drafted Jabari Parker, they have John Henson, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Larry Sanders. There are some nice young pieces there that need to be molded, have their skills and mentality sharpened, to be turned into professionals, and they need to be used in thoughtful schemes that put them in a position to succeed.
Kidd has not shown he can do any of that. He has to now.
PBT Extra: Kidd heads to Milwaukee
All anyone would talk about is how the Bulls could not hit the three.
Then, with the game in the balance, the ball rolled out to Dwyane Wade standing at the three-point line and he sank the dagger three — Chicago beat Boston on Thursday night.
Watch the video above, after Wade hits the game-sealing three, he makes a throat-slashing gesture.
That will cost Wade $25,000. The league announced the fine Friday.
Wade cares about this as much as he cares when the Osmonds are playing in Branson. He can afford this.
Three days into the NBA season seems early to be discussing the semantics of NBA trade talk, but here we are.
There have been rumors that the Minnesota Timberwolves called the Cleveland Cavaliers, interested in talking Iman Shumpert trades, possibly involving Ricky Rubio (who at some point will lose his starting job to rookie Kris Dunn). And that the Cavaliers were at least open to the idea. But nothing came of it.
How serious is Cleveland on the Shumpert front? Joe Varden of the Cleveland Plain Dealer addressed that in a Q&A with fans.
A few teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves have inquired about Iman Shumpert, who has three years and $30 million left on his contract at age 26. The Cavs are answering the phone… But they are not actively looking to deal him, a team source told cleveland.com….
Keep in mind, Cleveland also has a trade exception worth about $11 million, the expiring contract of Mo Williams ($2.2 million) and Jordan McRae to deal. So if it is Rubio they want, they don’t have to trade Shumpert to get him.
What Varden is saying is Cavaliers GM David Griffin is not picking up the phone and seeing what he can get for Shumpert. But if teams call him…
Right now, the Cavaliers will need to be blown away to make a deal. Shumpert is backing up J.R. Smith and got more than 22 minutes of court time in the opener — he has a role on this team. Plus Shumpert is on an affordable contract. The Cavs are only going to make a move they believe makes them better right now — they want another ring. Maybe that offer comes, but the Cavs can be patient, and they have options.
The Baller and Chief is on his way out the door.
Barack Obama has been by far the biggest hoops fan to inhabit the White House (with John Quincy Adams a very distant second). He’s put up a basketball court at the White House, filled out NCAA Tournament brackets, jokingly applied for the Wizards’ coaching job, thought about becoming an owner, gone to NBA games, and just been a fan like the rest of us.
And he’s picking the Warriors to win it all. Like everyone else.
In what was primarily a “get out the vote” effort, President Obama called in to ‘Sway in the Morning’ hosted by Sway Calloway on Eminem’s SiriusXM channel Shade 45. Asked to pick the next NBA champ, the Bulls fan went exactly where everyone else did — Golden State.
“I’m going to go with the Warriors just because of [Kevin] Durant, that addition. I think they just have too much firepower,” Obama said. “Although they just got spanked in their first game, so it will take a while to figure things out.”
Obama also picked the Patriots to win the NFL title. He’s such a frontrunner.
With rumors of NBA expansion swirling, it’s time to look at more concrete evidence.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has repeatedly shot down expansion talk, and that’s not him going rogue. His bosses have apparently taken a firm stance.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:
Basketball Insiders reached out to an NBA owner and a voting member of the Board of Governors and was told flatly that any talk of expansion has been shot down at every turn inside the Board of Governors meetings. It’s been a non-starter.
There is a theoretical one-time expansion fee so high where the current 30 owners would divide their shares of revenue further. But the NBA takes in so much annually, it’s hard to imagine a new ownership group could and would front enough money.
Sorry, Seattle (and Louisville and Las Vegas and…). The evidence is overwhelmingly on the side of the league staying at 30 teams. You’ll probably just have to poach a team from another city.