Jason Kidd’s tumultuous tenure as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets has come to an end, according to various reports.
Kidd, who just finished his first season in Brooklyn, will leave the franchise to become the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports. The Nets will reportedly receive second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019 as compensation.
Kidd will replace Larry Drew who coached the Bucks franchise for one season. Team officials haven't offered Kidd his desired role as head of the team's basketball operations. An ESPN source said general manager John Hammond's job isn't in danger at present.
The Bucks' acquisition of Kidd occurred just days after the 41-year-old's failed bid to seize control of the Nets' front office from general manager Billy King. According to Yahoo Sports, Kidd was "livid" when former NBA guards Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher received large contracts to coach the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks, respectively.
In 2013, Kidd signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Nets, while Kerr and Fisher each received deals that guaranteed more than $4 million per season. "That got him -- especially Fisher," a league official said.
The attempted coup prompted an incensed Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets' owner, to grant the Bucks permission to talk to Kidd about a move to Milwaukee. "The Russians are done with Kidd," a source told Yahoo Sports.
In his one season in Brooklyn, Kidd led the Nets to a 44-38 record and a berth as the sixth-seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Nets won their opening round series against the Toronto Raptors but lost to the Miami Heat in five games during the conference semifinals.
Meanwhile, former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins, who first competed with Kidd for the Nets job last offseason, has emerged as a "very serious candidate" to replace him for the 2014-15 NBA season, ESPN reports.
"In a lot of ways he makes the most sense," a source told ESPN. "He represents stability and stability is very important right now. He rules with an iron fist and gets a lot out of his players, so he'd be very high on the list right now, and likely the leader."