Feb 19, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd reacts during the second half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. The Nets won 105-99. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kidd In Talks To Run Milwaukee Bucks’ Operations


As more details emerge from Jason Kidd’s failed palace coup in Brooklyn, the Nets’ first-year coach is reportedly in serious negotiations with the Milwaukee Bucks about becoming the franchise’s president of basketball operations.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that it’s likely that Kidd’s days in Brooklyn are done, citing a “high-ranking league source” as saying: “The Russians are done with Kidd.”

Brooklyn is owned by Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov.

However, it appears that the reports of Kidd’s impending arrival in Milwaukee have caught some members of the regime inherited by new co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens a bit off guard, per CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger.

Kidd is reportedly selling Lasry on the idea of giving Kidd total control of basketball operations.

It’s an idea that is being laughed at by owners and executives around the league, according to Wojnarowski.

That makes sense, considering that Kidd has one whole season of coaching experience and zero time spent in the front office. He vastly over-estimated the bargaining power granted by a 44-38 season and a second-round playoff exit after being given a roster that cost Prokhorov almost $200 million in salaries and tax penalties.

Apparently, however, the lucrative deals given to first-time coaches Steve Kerr in Golden State and Derek Fisher in nearby Manhattan by the Knicks did not sit well with Kidd, who received considerably less.

According to reports, Kidd’s contract with the Nets was four years and $10.5 million. Kerr got four and $20 million from the Warriors and New York gave Fisher five and $25 million.

The Kidd-to-Milwaukee thing is, however, as real as it gets; according to Wojnarowski, the sides are already discussing compensation for a potential Kidd departure from Brooklyn to the Bucks.

If they’re talking compensation, the discussions are beyond the “kick around some ideas” stage.

It’s a huge risk for the Bucks. But Kidd has proven, if nothing else, that he’s not above taking a risk.

Now if he can just avoid taking risks as stupid as overplaying his hand within the Nets organization, it could make for some interesting times in Beer City.

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