After an up-and-down season with the Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd will become the Milwaukee Bucks head coach for the 2014-15 season if the team gives the Nets its 2015 second-round draft pick, according to an ESPN.com report.
A source told ESPN.com that the Nets are looking for a first-round pick, and the Bucks are offering a second-rounder. So if the two parties can agree, the deal will likely happen.
“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 report states that Bucks co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens met with Kidd Friday in New York City, and that Lasry had a previous relationship with the former NBA star. And the potential job offer is strictly for head coach, rather than any front office-type job running basketball operations.
The possibility of having Kidd coach a young Bucks team is promising. The team is rebuilding, and Kidd’s coaching style is much more suited to mentor youth, rather than veterans. Part of the reason it didn’t work out for him in Brooklyn was because he was attempting to order around and coach up veteran players that were in the league the same time he was. This is a much better fit for him.
Seems like a win-win deal if it goes through. A fresh start for Kidd, and an early-round draft pick for the Nets.