Jason Kidd denied promotion with Nets, given permission to speak with Bucks

By Kyle Johnson,

Jason Kidd might already be done as the Brooklyn Nets head coach after failing to secure a promotion and could be looking to jump to the Milwaukee Bucks.

A source with knowledge of the situation said that the Nets gave Kidd permission to talk with the Bucks after he reportedly was denied a promotion to become the head of basketball operations with the Nets, the New York Post reports.

The source said that Kidd wanted to have more power within the organization than general manager Billy King, who wouldn't have been fired had his request been granted. Ownership wasn't interesting in promoting Kidd after only one decent season as a head coach.

USA Today reports that jumping to the Bucks would be a difficult move as both coach Larry Drew and general manager John Hammond are still early into their respective contracts, and the latter wasn't even aware the team was set to talk with Kidd.

According to New York Daily News, in his first season as head coach, Kidd took the Nets to a respectable 44-38 season. A source suggested that the new coach felt he was being under-compensated, as he only is set to earn $10.5 million over four years, which is nowhere close to first-time head coach Derek Fisher's new $25 million contract.

It will be interesting to see if the Bucks' new ownership dumps Drew after only one season, even if the team only went 15-67.

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