JASON KIDD LIKELY TO LEAVE BROOKLYN NETS FOR MILWAUKEE BUCKS

Chris Trotman

Tim Bontemps reports that the Nets and Jason Kidd have reached an impasse over his role with the team and that Kidd has been granted permission to speak with the Milwaukee Bucks, apparently about a job as president of basketball operations.

Gary Woefel, Bucks beat writer, reports that Kidd has been offered the job.

NetsDaily can confirm the gist of the story. League source said that Kidd is likely to leave but "there is no deal though."  Kidd and GM Billy King has clashed on a number of issues with ownership supporting King. Kidd, for example, didn't want the Nets to acquire Marcus Thornton mid-season, preferring Jarrett Jack.  Kidd also wanted more planning and a less opportunistic strategy, something that King is noted for ... and has reaped benefits for the team.

The dispute came to a head in the past several weeks, and Kidd approached ownership.

As Bontemps writes...

According to a league source, Kidd recently approached ownership with a series of demands, including the role of overseeing the Nets’ basketball operations department in addition to his head coaching responsibilities. The source said Kidd didn’t want general manager Billy King to be dismissed, but wanted to be given a title and placed above him in the organizational hierarchy.

Ownership declined to grant Kidd that kind of power, which is rare for any coach in the league to have.

As a result, the Nets have allowed Kidd to "seek other opportunities" writes the Post writer, who adds...

The franchise then was approached by the Bucks for permission to speak with Kidd about the prospect of hiring him, and the Nets granted permission.

There is no indication that Kidd has permission to talk to any other team, that a lot of the focus on the Bucks is a result of a close personal relationship he has with one of the Bucks' new owners.

Lasry, in fact, owned a small piece of Nets Sports & Entertainment, the Bruce Ratner-led group that owns 20 percent of the team.

Normally, in a situation like this, the team losing a head coach under contract receives compensation in the form of a draft pick, normally a first rounder, as Boston did in the summer when Doc Rivers was hired by the Clippers.

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