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Report: Nets ‘done with’ Jason Kidd, discussing compensation with Bucks for hiring him away

Jun 29, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Jason Kidd appears to be on his way out of Brooklyn, after a stunning failed power play to gain more control within the organization.

Kidd apparently came hard at management for a more executive role, one that would include player personnel decision-making responsibilities. He had already lined up a similar opportunity with the Bucks, it seems, thanks to a past personal and financial relationship with one of the team’s new owners.

But Nets ownership wasn’t feeling it, and were so taken aback by this turn of events that they reportedly have already decided that Kidd won’t be coming back.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Kidd made a failed coup to Brooklyn’s Russian ownership to usurp the power of Nets general manager Billy King – and failed spectacularly. The Nets and Bucks are discussing compensation for Milwaukee hiring Kidd away, which will likely include second-round draft picks, sources told Yahoo Sports.

“The Russians are done with Kidd,” one high-ranking league source told Yahoo Sports on Saturday night. …

Kidd isn’t angling to immediately take over as president and coach, sources said, but is intrigued with the higher-paying, lower-workload life of an executive, sources said.

There’s plenty more in that report, including details on Kidd’s many missteps in his personal and professional life. Most recently, Kidd was suspended for his first two games as Nets head coach for a DWI guilty plea, and begged the front office to make Lawrence Frank an extremely well-paid assistant coach with a six-year, $7 million deal, only to have Kidd banish him less than six weeks into the regular season.

Kidd was also reportedly annoyed that Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher received higher-dollar deals this summer to similarly coach without any prior experience, which (if true) would be completely ego-driven, considering he has over $187 million in career earnings as a player, without including any money received from endorsements.

The executive life may be what Kidd is ultimately seeking, but he’ll find out quickly that it won’t be easy in Milwaukee. Free agents historically haven’t come willingly to that market, and no matter how enthusiastic the new ownership group may be, you’ll never see the Bucks match the $190 million payroll and luxury tax bill that the Nets billionaire owner signed off on last season.

  1. bigmeechy74 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    He was always my least favorite player in the entire league. This isn’t surprising to me at all

  2. chicagosports2014 - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:12 PM


    • tuberippin - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:27 AM


  3. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    He’s whining about people with no experience getting HC jobs? Are you kidding me?
    Hypocritical turd didn’t show me he could coach, but he wants more power?
    If I was Comrade Owner, I’d pay MIL $1 (a buck-get it?) to get him out of my organization. Then I’d send the head of a male deer to Kidd’s house.

  4. djshnooks - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Good, now I can root for KG and Pierce.

    F**k Jason Kidd, he sucks at life.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      He plead GUILTY to domestic violence…

      He punched his wife in the mouth during an argument.

      If I cut and paste all the info in here my answer will be blocked but for any wanting to know it’s easy to find online what his wife was accusing him of during their divorce…

      LOTS of bad stuff…

      • jpstyles314 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        They deserved each other.

  5. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Kidd definitely made the Costanza play. I can see him calling Lasry, asking ” how do I get outta here? Yeah, yeah, I can demand that! NOOOO they won’t go for it. He LOVES Billy! Ok. You get rid of Drew, and I’ll be in Milwaukee in a month.”

  6. John X - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Kidd sees an opportunity and is going for it. GM this year. Coach next with another high pick, Parker and the Greek guy. He isn’t stupid. Just not a very loyal dude. Nets should hire Hollins but Mark Jackson not a bad choice either. He did a decent job but not worth all this. Take down the jersey. Lol.

  7. dcarlock - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Jason Kidd: HMM?
    WAYYY too big for his”BRITCHES”! Egomaniac, wife BEATER”. OK player, but not a good person!
    Let’s go Mark Jackson!!! Good man, good coach! We need him Nets fan’s. Dontcha think?

  8. Big Ant TV - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    but at least he got his jersey retired lol

  9. twinfan24 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Given that the Nets now want no part of him, I’m not sure why the Bucks would give up much. The Nets can’t bring him back at this point, so they either let him leave or fire him. If they fire him, they have to pay him. Can’t see much more than maybe a 2nd round pick or some cash to make this happen.

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