May 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd (right) talks with referee Sean Wright (left) during the second half in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Milwaukee Bucks Send 2 Picks To Brooklyn For Jason Kidd


UPDATED with information about trade restriction, 2:44 p.m. CDT

According to a report, the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to send two second-round picks to the Brooklyn Nets as compensation for hiring Jason Kidd to be their new head coach.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported this morning:

According to ESPN.com, the new ownership in Milwaukee—Marc Lasry and Wes Edens—had not talked to current coach Larry Drew during the process of luring Kidd from the Nets to the Bucks. When the story first developed Saturday night, it was being reported that Kidd was in negotations with Lasry to become the Bucks’ president of operations. However, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday night that the negotiations were merely to bring Kidd on as coach and that general manager John Hammond and assistant general manager David Morway were safe. Part of the conditions to the trade, according to Wojnarowski, is that the Nets and Bucks will be barred from making any more trades with each other through the 2014-15 season.

The move to Milwaukee comes after Kidd was rebuffed in an attempt to gain more control within the Nets’ organization. He was reportedly miffed that first-time coaches Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher received much more lucrative deals from the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks, respectively, than he did last year to coach the Nets.

Brooklyn hired Kidd just days after he retired from the Knicks in 2013, signing him to a four-year, $10.5 million contract.

Kerr and Fisher each got five years and $25 million from their new clubs.

Kidd was 44-38 in his lone season on the bench in Brooklyn, with the team recovering from  a 10-21 start to secure its second straight playoff berth and the franchise’s first series victory since 2007, when the team was still the New Jersey Nets.

Brooklyn was eliminated in five games by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Kidd had a distinguished 19-year playing career in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Nets and Knicks from 1994 through 2013.

He was a 12-time All-Star and shared Rookie of the Year honors with Grant Hill in 1994-95. Kidd was also a six-time All-NBA selection and was named to an All-Defensive team nine times.

Kidd led the Nets to their only two NBA Finals appearances after coming over in a trade from the Suns in 2002 and eventually won a title with the Mavericks in 2011. Kidd was also a member of two gold-medal winners as a member of Team USA in 2000 and 2008.

Drew, meanwhile, was 15-67 in his lone season on the bench in Milwaukee, setting a new franchise record for losses in a season. He came to the Bucks May 31, 2013, after his contract was not renewed as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks.

In three years in Atlanta, Drew was 128-102 and reached the postseason each season. Drew was a 10-year NBA veteran as a player with the Detroit Pistons, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers from 1980-91.

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