Jason Kidd's self-engineered promotion attempt within the Brooklyn Nets organization has backfired, and the Milwaukee Bucks are already discussing compensation to acquire Kidd and make him a new team president, according to ESPN New York.
The Bucks must work out a deal that would likely include a draft pick to help the Nets get out of paying Kidd's contract, which was worth four years and $10.5 million.
Long story short: there's no going back to Brooklyn after Kidd injured his relationship with general manager Billy King and Russian ownership, according to multiple reports. The Nets have already begun discussing replacement options.
Brooklyn has internally discussed former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, a Brooklyn native who enjoyed a great deal of success despite his separation from the team after this past season. Former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl are also both on the radar. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets had discussed Hollins' candidacy in December, when they considered firing Kidd.
Kidd is, by all accounts, friends with new Bucks owner Marc Lasry, who was once a minority owner for the New Jersey Nets when Kidd played there. Lasry also acted as Kidd's financial adviser, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.
It's unclear if Kidd will want to coach the Bucks, and it's possible he is only interested in a management role despite his desires in Brooklyn. That said, it will likely lead to an uncomfortable shifting around in Milwaukee, as neither general manager John Hammond nor coach Larry Drew knew of the planned shakeup, according to USA Today.
Problems for Kidd in Brooklyn began quietly enough as the team got out to a 10-21 start to the 2013-14 season -- not to mention a spilled drink -- and that's when King mulled over firing Kidd, Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc Stein of ESPN report. The ownership group led by Mikhail Prokhorov wanted to stick with Kidd. The Nets coach did few favors to himself by demoting lead assistant Lawrence Frank, who he originally brought on as the highest-paid assistant coach in the league.
Brooklyn rebounded and beat the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the Miami Heat. According to Wojnarowski, Kidd wasn't happy that his $10.5 million deal wasn't comparable to that of two other former NBA point guards who this summer took a leap into coaching -- Steve Kerr of the Warriors and Derek Fisher of the Knicks will make at least $4 million per season over the next four years.
After the Nets' season was over, Kidd approached ownership about a leadership role that would give him power over King and the current front office.
Prokhorov declined Kidd's ambitious request, and now the NBA offseason drama has already gone beyond an entertaining draft and the expected free agency of LeBron James.