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Jason Kidd is "strong" head coaching candidate, perhaps the "leading" candidate

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After meeting with Billy King Monday, the candidacy of Jason Kidd "has emerged as formidable in possibility, league sources told Yahoo! Sports," reports Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kidd reportedly impressed the Nets with "his seriousness of committing the time and energy necessary to move into a head coaching job within weeks of his retirement."

Meanwhile, Fred Kerber reports that Kidd is "viewed as the leading candidate for the job and met with GM Billy King Monday to pitch his position ... It was a 'good meeting,' according to someone close to the situation."

The meeting was the first King has had with any candidate and will be followed Wednesday with a meeting between King and Brian Shaw, the Pacers associate head coach. Phil Jackson turned down the Nets and although George Karl, coach of the year, is available, the Nets won't talk to the former Denver coach.

Woj also reported that Kidd has been talking to Lawrence Frank about the transition.

"Kidd has been leaning on his former Nets coach, Lawrence Frank, for insight into the total responsibilities of the head coach," wrote Woj, "but Frank is nowhere near committing to the possibility of joining Kidd as his top assistant coach, league sources said." Kerber called Frank "the obvious choice for lead assistant."

The Nets are expected to make a decision within days reported Woj and Kerber, indicating that Kidd and Shaw are the finalists for the job vacated by P.J. Carlesimo.