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After just one year in Brooklyn, former 10-time All-Star Jason Kidd could be coaching elsewhere next year, even though he lead the Nets to the playoffs and a 44-38 record.
According to ESPN, after the Nets were bounced in the second round of the playoffs by the Miami Heat, Kidd spoke with the Brooklyn front office about gaining control of player personnel, a request they denied. This is thought to be the main reason behind the decision to allow the Milwaukee Bucks to speak with Kidd about becoming their head coach.
However, the process has hit a few snags. First off, the Bucks already have a coach - Larry Drew - who just finished up his first year with Milwaukee. So one can imagine how he must feel, knowing that the team is openly attempting to lure another coach to town.
"If Jason accepts then they will work it out (with Drew)," a source close to the situation told ESPN. "If the deal doesn't happen, then there will be an issue with Larry."
Secondly, Brooklyn’s asking price isn’t a cheap one, reports SB Nation.com. They want a first round pick, while the Bucks are only willing to part with a second-rounder, as of now. A Bucks first round pick, even with the drafting of small forward phenom Jabari Parker, should be a fairly valuable one, as Milwaukee only mustered 15 wins last season.
The impasse between these two teams is more substantial than it would be in most other sports. In the NBA, the difference between the talent available during the first round of the draft and the second round is bigger than it is in other sports.
At this time last year, when Kidd was hired as the Nets coach, no one thought that he would only hold the position for a mere calendar year. Times change.
UPDATE: The trade was confirmed Monday afternoon. The Nets got a second-round pick in 2015 and 2019, each, from the Bucks.
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