HoopsHype Jason Kidd rumors

July 2, 2014 Updates
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

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