New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Jason Kidd has been allowed to move on to coach the Milwaukee Bucks after his request to head the Brooklyn Nets’ basketball operations on top of coaching chores was denied.
Nets officials felt Kidd was too raw for such responsibility and granted him permission to look into other opportunities.
The Milwaukee Bucks then contacted Brooklyn requesting permission to negotiate with Kidd about potentially hiring him, which was granted.
Kidd is a close friend of one of the Bucks’ new owners, Marc Lasry.
The Bucks finished an NBA-worst 15-67 this past season but are in high spirits afer nabbing Jabari Parker with the second overall pick in Thursday’s draft.
Kidd didn’t want the team to fire general manager Billy King but he did want a higher title on the team’s “organizational hierarchy”.
The Nets coach and King clashed on a number of issues, with management supporting King.
Among these was King’s desire to acquire Marcus Thornton mid-season, with Kidd preferring Jarrett Jack. Kidd also wanted more planning and a less opportunistic strategy, something that King is noted for.