HoopsHype Jason Kidd rumors

June 30, 2014 Updates

A source close to the situation confirmed that Kidd had met Friday with the Bucks in New York after the Nets granted permission. This after he went to a press conference the day before at which he thanked Nets ownership and said he was “honored” to coach a team with the “best facilities in the world.” Irina Pavlova, the president of Mikhail Prokhorov’s Onexim Sports, said she was excited about the job Kidd did last season and was happy to provide him a “worthy” practice facility in Brooklyn, one that will cost about $50 million. New York Daily News

Adrian Wojnarowski: Lost in this is violation of coach's code: You don't pursue job belonging to someone else. Humiliating end for Larry Drew. Kidd's shameless. Bucks ownership masking this as a coach hiring, but belief is that it's just matter of time until Kidd has full control in Milwaukee. Twitter

Adrian Wojnarowski: Rick Carlisle runs coach's association, takes issues seriously. Ultimate coach's coach. You can bet Kidd'll feel disgust within fraternity. Twitter

Kidd's power play backfired. He certainly had Russians in his corner. That's in part how he got the coaching job with Brooklyn. Kidd's agent, Jeff Schwartz, sold the idea of his player-to-coach transition to Dmitry Razumov, who is not listed in the Nets' media guide but is a trusted adviser to owner Mikhail Prokhorov. King was against hiring Kidd, telling Sports Illustrated before the season that his initial reaction was, "Absolutely not." But Razumov had interest, and Kidd won King over in the interview. USA Today Sports

June 29, 2014 Updates

Kidd's failed push for a promotion that would have put him above Nets general manager Billy King while also keeping him as coach has led to his likely exit, with the Milwaukee Bucks being granted permission to speak with him about a front-office position that was at the root of this unexpected development. One of the Bucks' new owners, Marc Lasry, previously held a stake in the Nets and is known to be close with Kidd, 41 and one season removed from his playing career. USA Today Sports

One of the final straws for Nets ownership came around the trade deadline. Kidd advocated for a trade with the Bucks that would sent Brook Lopez and Mirza Teletovic to Milwaukee for the deeply troubled Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova. The suggestion, mostly about Kidd's belief that Lopez couldn't fit in his system, was considered and rejected by the Nets brass. NetsDaily

Kidd was angered by the Nets decision to trade for Marcus Thornton rather than Jarrett Jack, who he believed would have been a better fit. Nets ownership believe that Kidd's ultimate ambition was to dump Billy King, with whom ownership remains quite satisfied. Kidd believes that King and Nets ownership do not have a long term plan and are too opportunistic. NetsDaily

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