Following reports that Jason Kidd was talking with the Milwaukee Bucks about the head coaching job, the team has reached a deal to send the one-year coach to the Midwest.
According to ESPN.com, the Bucks have fired coach Larry Drew after agreeing to send two second-round draft picks (2015, 2019) to the Brooklyn Nets to secure the coaching rights to Kidd.
Word is Kidd had asked the Nets to give him control over personnel, but ownership rejected his request. Sources says the Bucks didn’t offer him any other position other than coaching, so it’s unclear what helped convince Kidd to come to Milwaukee.
ESPN also reports that Lionel Hollins has already emerged as “a very serious candidate” to become head coach of the Nets… if Kidd goes to Milwaukee.
“In a lot of ways, he makes the most sense,” a league source said of Hollins. “He represents stability, and stability is very important right now. He rules with an iron fist and gets a lot out of his players, so he’d be very high on the list right now, and likely the leader.”