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How close a deal for Kidd? League source says "not done deal"

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Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

Joseph Gambardello of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting the Nets coaching search is all but over, that contracts talks are underway with Jason Kidd. Gambardello also writes the term of his contract will be three years and an announcement will be made later this week.

Gambardello wrote early Wednesday, "Former NBA star Jason Kidd is in line to become coach of the Brooklyn Nets for the next three years, a source familiar with the negotiations tells The Inquirer." Gambardello is breaking news editor at Philly.com, the Inquirer website.

Later Wednesday, Fred Kerber wrote while no offer has been made, "The Nets have the parameters in place for a three-year deal in place to make future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd their next head coach, according to a person familiar with the situation."

However, a well-placed league source tells NetsDaily, "Not a done deal," that the Nets are meeting with Brian Shaw at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Gambardello's report went somewhat farther than earlier reports by Adrian Wojnarowski and Kerber who have called Kidd "the front-runner" and "leading candidate." Both have written Kidd could be hired later this week. Neither reported a three year team for the contract. The news was attributed to "a source familiar with the negotiations." A number of other reporters have been told that contract talks have not begun.

The Pacers assistant was flown in Tuesday night from Los Angeles, where he had met with Clippers officials.