The Brooklyn Nets have officially traded head coach Jason Kidd to the Milwaukee Bucks for two second round draft picks.
This weekend rumors swirled about a power play by Kidd in efforts to take control over basketball decisions from current general manager Billy King. Kidd's attempt failed, and immediately talks began with teams over who may seek to trade for the second year coach.
There have been reports that in the recent weeks Kidd's relationship with owner Mikhail Prokhorov had become very strained. In his first year as a coach, Kidd was suspended the first two games of the season for a DWI, and he fired his lead assistant, Lawrence Frank, 20 games into the season.
New Kidd on the Block
The Bucks look to improve their head coaching slot with this trade, now forced to fire current coach Larry Drew. The Bucks roster is essentially the opposite of the one Kidd inherited in Brooklyn, which was full of veterans. Kidd does not have much experience developing young players, so it will be interesting to see how he handles a roster focused on the future rather than the present.
Kidd had a working relationship with some of the new Bucks owners, Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens, and that is said to have contributed to the increased interest as of late. However, they still refused to hand over basketball decisions from current general manager John Hammond to Jason Kidd.
Lasry and Edens see Kidd as a hall of fame caliber player, and a promising young coach who handled multiple egos in his first year on the job. Not to mention the pressure of coaching in New York. They believe he is not afraid to discipline players and that should help in the development of the Bucks young talent, in particular troubled center Larry Sanders.
The Nets are said to be looking at Lionel Hollins to fill their head coaching vacancy. His latest job was with the Memphis Grizzlies where he led them to the Western Conference Finals in his last season with the team.
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