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Report: Bucks holding firm offering second round picks for Kidd, Nets expected to cave

Jun 30, 2014, 7:59 AM EDT

Jason Kidd broke the unwritten rule of the coaching fraternity — you don’t go after another man’s job. For example, have you noticed how over the years Jeff Van Gundy’s name comes up in a ton of coaching search lists but ask him about the jobs and he refuses to discuss it if said team has not yet fired their coach.

Jason Kidd cut Larry Drew off at the knees in Milwaukee (and since he got hired directly by ownership without consulting Bucks GM John Hammond about it at first, Hammond can’t feel too safe about his job either) and it seems the only question left is compensation.

The Bucks have offered second round picks, the Nets want a first. But they may want to just move on more, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Kidd will find Milwaukee a vastly different experience, and we’re not just talking about butter burgers and fried cheese curds here.

The Nets have spent big on veterans to win now (with limited success but the effort is there). The Bucks are small market and building that way — draft well, develop the talent you have, bring in a few mid-level free agents to round it out and grow all of that into a team over years. Kidd will have to turn a front line of Jabari Parker and John Henson into something over the next couple years, plus get Larry Sanders’ head screwed back on. Then you have the ultimate test of developing impressive raw talent in Giannis Antetokounmpo.

It’s about patience, teaching, and using the right scheme to showcase and grow these players. Kidd couldn’t meld the Nets roster into something that worked well with the best scoring center in the game in Brook Lopez, he only stumbled into lineups that worked when Lopez got hurt. Kidd seemed to grow as a coach as last season went on, that is now about to be put to a real test — the Bucks’ job is about some old-school coaching.

  1. jjpt4540 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Why is this such a big deal if the Nets don’t take the 2nd rounder it’s not like they are going to keep Kidd. So get something of fire him and the Bucks can just sign him without loosing a pick.No reason to give the Nets a 1st round pick not that sound for that sorry sack of ****.

  2. rrhoe - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    This is why teams like the Bucks stay at the bottom of the league,bad decisions. First they already have a coach and why,oh why,would you give up a second rounder for a guy if you just “wait” he may be available anyway.

  3. lenbias34pt - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Perhaps Joe Johnson, but know other starter earned his pay check for the Nets LY. . . and they are only getting older.

    Like him or hate him, Kidd was right to jump ship.
    What i find interesting is that KG , and Paul P. last 2 head coaches have jumped ship to avoid coaching them.
    So while they are clearly on the downside, perhaps they are difficult to coach as well.

    Deron has always been a nightmare for everyone but his hair stylist.

    It will take many years to get this Net organization back on reasonable ground. And the sooner Billy King is shown the door the sooner it might happen.

    The Bucks?
    Hey they were able to rid themselves of Jennings, and they do have as much young potential as anyone. Certainly a good time to take over as coach.

    • bostonian13 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      KG and PPs last 2 coaches didn’t jump ship because they didn’t wanna coach them. That’s crazy, crazyyyy talk. Doc wanted them to go to the Clip with him and still does. Kidd, just doesn’t seem like an NBA ready coach, he’s all over the place. KG and PP are 2, very coachable guys.

    • madnova - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      I don’t believe Doc Rivers jumped ship to avoid coaching KG and Pierce, since the original idea there was for all three to go to the Clippers.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      He isn’t jumping ship because of the roster. He wanted Billy King’s job so that HE would have the say about who the team would keep/trade/sign with personnel decisions. If he spent the next three years on a team that is in the worst shape of any in the NBA — they are STUCK for at least the next two years — that kills his coaching profile going forward.

      I hate what he did here, KIdd, but I understand 100% why he did it.

  4. saint1997 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Bucks have some real promise if they can just add a solid backcourt player to replace Mayo and figure out a rotation of Henson, Antetokounmpo and Sanders at the 4/5

  5. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    The Freek isn’t playing the 4. And the Nets should be grateful that the Bucks are throwing them a bone with a second rounder.

  6. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Hey, hey. Guys guys guys. I have a Jason Kidd joke.
    Do you know why they call him Ason Kidd?

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