The deal is done.
Jason Kidd is the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks will send two second round picks – one in 2015, one in 2019 – to the Nets in exchange for Kidd’s rights. Brooklyn initially sought a first round pick in return but apparently cooled its demands.
All of this comes after Kidd reportedly failed in his attempt to seize control of Nets basketball operations this weekend, essentially usurping GM Billy King’s job. Kidd, who has a personal and financial relationship with co-owner Marc Lasry, will only hold the title of head coach in Milwaukee, though some believe he could add to that down the road.
With Kidd entering the picture, incumbent coach Larry Drew will depart Milwaukee after one turbulent season.
It’s difficult to blame Drew for the Bucks’ struggles last season, and it was widely assumed he would return for at least one more year to lead a (presumably) healthier and more talented roster. Instead, he’s the odd man out in a situation that’s a black eye for both Kidd and Milwaukee’s new owners, who did not inform Drew – or GM John Hammond, for that matter – of their negotiations with Kidd.
Meanwhile, the Nets are already beginning to search for their next head coach, and former Grizzlies headman Lionel Hollins has emerged as the leading candidate.