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Billy King meets with Jason Kidd as speculation about Brooklyn Nets job mounts

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Stefan Bondy and Peter Vecsey both report that Jason Kidd and Billy King met today to discuss the Nets coaching vacancy, lending more credence to reports that Kidd is a real candidate for the job vacated by P.J. Carlesimo in April.

The meeting appears to be the first meeting King has had with any candidate. Phil Jackson rebuffed the Nets overtures a month ago. On Wednesday, King will meet with Brian Shaw, the Pacers associate head coach. The two are seen as the leading candidates for the job.

Ever since Kidd's interest in the job was reported over the weekend, there's been increasing speculation that the interest is mutual. Kidd retired from the Knicks only last week, leaving two years --and $6 million in salary-- on the table.

Rod Thorn, who brought Kidd to the Nets, told Michael Kay that he believed, "this thing has legs of it’s own so we’ll see what happens."

Meanwhile, Marc Stein added to the speculation by tweeting that Lawrence Frank could join Kidd in Brooklyn.

Rod Boone tweets that a Frank hiring would aid in Kidd's --and the Nets'-- transition.

Similarly, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that while the Nets are giving Kidd "serious consideration," they want to know about his staff.

As for timing, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN, a former Nets beat writer, believes the team could have a new coach by week's end.

  • Jason Kidd meets with Brooklyn Nets to discuss coaching job: source - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
  • Jason Kidd eyes Nets' vacancy - Marc Stein - ESPN
  • Former Nets exec says 'Kidd could do it' - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York