HoopsHype Jason Kidd rumors

July 1, 2014 Updates

The Milwaukee Bucks today named Jason Kidd as the team’s new head coach. The Bucks signed Kidd after the Brooklyn Nets agreed to release him from his contract in exchange for two second round picks in the 2015 and 2019 NBA Drafts. Kidd will be the 14th head coach in the history of the Bucks franchise. He joins Milwaukee following a 19-year Hall-of-Fame-caliber NBA playing career and, most recently, serving as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. NBA.com

June 30, 2014 Updates

One person intimately involved with coaching searches and hires said actively pursuing a job that isn't available is something you simply don't go. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the Bucks transactions. The person also said it's fine to do due diligence about a job that could open but that's as far it should go. USA Today Sports

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle is in a unique position. He coached Kidd, considers him a friend but is also president of the NBA Coaches Association. In a text message to USA TODAY Sports, Carlisle played it down the middle. "This is a byproduct of a dynamic and highly competitive multibillion dollar business," Carlisle said. "We view this as an aberrational transaction between two teams that is unlikely to happen again soon." USA Today Sports

Chris Mannix: Nets are not considering tampering charges, per sources. Too hard to prove. But few believe Bucks/Kidd discussions started this weekend. Twitter @ChrisMannixSI

But multiple sources insist the maneuvering started during the fraught months of December and January, and that Kidd did not open the game by asking for the top front-office job. Kidd during that period approached ownership with concerns about King’s job performance, sources say — King’s commitment, leadership, and vision for the future. Kidd suggested the organization might hire an outsider for a front-office job above King, sources say. Kidd even wondered if ownership had a basketball guy in Russia who might come to Brooklyn and take on a more activist role above King. Grantland

Kidd did not pitch himself for the job — not at first, anyway. Those initial discussions went nowhere, though not everyone involved agrees on the timing and tenor of those talks. King is well liked in Brooklyn, and has followed ownership edicts in dealing away just about every future asset possible to win immediately. The Bucks sought permission to talk to Kidd earlier this month, presumably about their head coaching job, and when the Nets were slow to respond, Kidd and his team began agitating for Kidd himself to assume the double perch, sources say. Grantland

Kidd lost a power play in Brooklyn, where he had tried to usurp the power of GM Billy King through ownership, sources said. Kidd had gone to ownership seeking the president of basketball operations title and was denied. It led to Brooklyn allowing him persmission to talk with the Bucks, whose new co-owner, Marc Lasry, has been a longtime financial adviser. Around the NBA, there's a strong belief that Kidd will ascend sooner rather than later to run the Bucks' basketball operations. Milwaukee currently has a general manager, John Hammond, in place. Yahoo! Sports

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