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Reports: Larry Drew has been told he’s fired in Milwaukee to make way for Jason Kidd

Jun 30, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

The Milwaukee Bucks are taking the big risk here. They have some very nice young players in Jabari Parker, John Henson, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Larry Sanders (if his off-the-court issues are behind him) but those players need to be developed. They need their skills molded and honed, they need to be put in a system that takes advantage of their skills.

Can Jason Kidd do that?

Larry Drew likely could but he has been told he’s been let go, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Kidd was traded to the Bucks for 2015 and 2019 second round picks.

Drew was completely blindsided by this — at no point did ownership or management reach out to Drew about this possibility. Kidd was in touch with one of the two new Bucks owners — Marc Lasry, a former Nets minority owner who is close to Kidd and had financial dealings with him — and both Drew and GM John Hammond learned about the opening of talks in media reports.

Drew likely will have other coaching options, and he had two years left on this contract for which he will get paid.

Kidd ticked off the coaching community (and had a lot of people in front offices as well) by going after a job with a sitting coach in the seat. Kidd needs to make this work in Milwaukee because he’ll have a hard time getting invited into another organization because of it. He just made a power play move in Brooklyn, the organization that gave him a shot when nobody else would have.

  1. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    This just in:
    Cart placed in front of horse!

  2. lenbias34pt - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    I’d guess Jason Kidd is taking down all the mirrors in his house.

    • spursareold - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Why? He won’t appear in any of them, being a coaching job vampire…

    • zerole00 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      I’ve got a feeling this is going to end awfully everyone involved when you consider:

      1) The Bucks were bad enough last season to get the #2 pick
      2) Kidd has arguably no experience developing players, and the best he could manage with a 180M payroll (though admittedly there were a few overpaid players) was a 2nd round knock out in the EAST
      3) Kidd has a history of drinking problems, and he’s going to WISCONSIN of all places

      I’m not seeing the next couple of years being good ones for the players or fans.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Somehow I think Larry Drew already knew before he was formerly told. Lol

  4. metrocritical - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    If you’re not specifically a Milwaukee fan, this move makes it very easy to hope that Kidd is a miserable failure. A rotten, cutthroat maneuver on his part that might payoff given some of the talent in place. At least Larry Drew can draw a paycheck while contemplating what the heck just happened and what to do next. Maybe he lands a HC gig with a team that can knock the Bucks out of the playoffs and gets Kidd fired one day.

    • kinggw - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      I don’t see why people are blaming Kidd. Did people criticize Steve Kerr when he was negotiating to take the jobs of both Woodson and Mark Jackson while they were still firmly entrenched as the coaches of their respective teams? Lasry is clearly the one to blame. Drew was totally screwed over by the Bucks, but anytime you produce a 15 win season and a new ownership group comes into town, you have to know that the hold on your job is tenuous at best.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        Kidd was under contract and it’s pretty clear he was talking to Milwaukee before permission was formally requested. There’s the report he recently suggested the thoroughly lopsided trade of Teletovic and Lopez for Illysova and Sanders, which would disproportionately have strengthened the team he was just about to bolt to. There’s the fact that this ownership group gave him a chance nobody else would have and stood by him when many, including his own GM, wanted to fire him in December. Then he turns around and stabs them in the back like this?

        Milwaukee’s a very nice town, Jason. I hope it’s worth it for you.

      • spursareold - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Mark Jackson had already been fired. Woodson was technically on the clock, but everyone knew his contract would expire and not be renewed.

  5. ravenswhat - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Kidd is a piece of trash.

  6. hwatt - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    actually the milwaukee ownership is proving fairly horrendous also. You got a coach, didn’t do anything ‘wrong’, and now he’s fired. Why would the Bucks throw out a lifeline line to Kidd for anything?? This is like some Jim Buss type stuff. sucks to be Jabari Parker, he is clearly not going to a competent organization

  7. hodag54501 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I’m one of the few Bucks fans around. I thought the situation couldn’t get any worse. It has. We went from an aging, but polite owner, to a couple of George Steinbrenner-like ego maniacs, messing with the product. Why not come in, make the necessary firings, and move on? Leaving Drew out there to twist was bad. Then you bring in a bad boy as coach? This is coupled with a perilous situation of building a new arena in downtown Milwaukee. Are investors going to come running with this fiasco as an example?

  8. jonka - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    They should have just offered a 1st rounder and took KG. He was doing all of the Nets coaching last year anyway….

  9. miamiHeatlesnotBeatles - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Normally, when the owner who hired you isn’t there anymore, You’re next. This is what happened.

  10. imakcds - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    so the backstabbing white half of Kidd dominates his mindset, apparently.

  11. 76ersdoubletank - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Drew was not a good coach however. His rotations were typical of a talentless team, but playing time was confusing, as the it seemed to vary from game to game. He also only seemed to run plays for like, three people on that team. (Not that you can blame him to some degree). I’m surprised they would fire him and replace him with an even worse coach in Kidd. I loved him as a player, but this is not a good fit. Can Kidd develop Ilyasova? I doubt it, and with his contract that matters. Those new owners really want to sell tickets though, and this will help.

  12. dominus247 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    We will see how Jason Kidd does ..He didn’t prove anything last year as his first year coach of the Nets ..his veterans kept the team together ..the Bucks don’t have any of that leadership from their players like the Nets did …I’m guessing the Bucks players will be tuning out Kidd midway through the season

  13. mvp43 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Umm………..I just spent all of last week excited for the first time in years. Now this!

    This is like being forced to kiss your ex-wife.

  14. sportsfan18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    This doesn’t speak well of the new ownership group…

    This wasn’t a smart move…

    • bougin89 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      They got people talking about the Bucks.

      Sadly, that is all that has been accomplished here.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        they just hired a new head coach…. WHILE they STILL had a head coach

        The team’s own G.M. was not in the loop either…

        Imagine others joking with that G.M. in the future about deals… hey, you better go ask the owners if you can make this deal because they may have ALREADY hired your replacement and are about to fire you…

      • bougin89 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        Nah, that’s going too far.

        You think this is the first time an owner made a hire behind the back of a GM?

  15. boiler72 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    As a life-long Bucks fan, I could care less about being nice or politically correct anymore. I’ve waited 30 years. These guys are like the wildcatters for oil way back in the day. They’re running roughshod over anything and anybody to get what they want. Outsiders don’t like it? Why should we care? Larry Drew is a good guy but this is what happens when new owners come in.

  16. djshnooks - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    You say they have very nice young players.

    You put a link to John Henson’s name.

    When you click that link it says the Bucks want to trade him and he’s not the type of player a rebuilding team should keep.

    Quality work there. Lol.

  17. zoomy123 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    This is why dysfunctional franchises stay dysfunctional.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Well, Cleveland… AKA The Factory of Sadness is on Lake Erie…

      Milwaukee is Lake Michigan’s Factory of Sadness…

  18. csbanter - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Kidd would make an excellent horror movie character, he has stabbed more people in the back than Jason,Freddy and Michael Myers combined.

  19. sdlakerfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Kidd’s just one of those guys everyone likes to piss on. Everyone bad-mouthed him when he became coach of the Nets too. Don’t think it turned out that bad. Even though they lost one of their best players in Brook Lopez they came on in the 2nd half of the season and did ok – won their first round playoff series over the Raptors and got knocked out by Miami. They were the first team to ever go 4-0 over any Lebron James team during the regular season. Larry Drew doesn’t seem like anything special. Have a feeling this may work out well for the Bucks.

  20. WERZOMBIES Press - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Looks like Ason Kidd has officially killed his 5th coach in his career: Camps, Motta, Skiles, Scott, and now Drew….what a pig…..he tanked for games on end to get coaches fired and then would come out with double-doubles, triple-doubles, the first game….how can he be a Hall of Famer based on that alone….

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