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Players union to investigate agent role in Jason Kidd's departure from the Brooklyn Nets?

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Ken Berger writes post-game Wednesday on an issue no one else has discussed: whether Jason Kidd's agent, Jeff Schwartz, played too big a role in Kidd's departure from Brooklyn and his arrival in Milwaukee.

Berger notes that new NBA players union chief Michelle Roberts is looking to the circumstances of Kidd's departure and whether Schwartz's role as middleman violated a players union rule that agents can't represent coaches, GM's etc. to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.  The union certifies NBA player agents and can sanction them, up to decertification.

The CBS Sports writer recounts that despite the rule, Kidd and Schwartz were open about just how much a role Schwartz played in getting Kidd out of his Nets contract and into a new, more lucrative deal with Bucks owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, his former financial adviser and still a minority owner in the Nets through a blind trust.

"The process started when Jeff asked for permission, permission was granted and I talked to Wes [Edens, another Bucks co-owner] and Marc," Kidd said. "That's when the ball started rolling. I liked what I heard from Wes and Marc, and from there, it was taken out of my hands."

Kidd said Schwartz was involved in the negotiations among the Bucks' ownership; Prokhorov's top advisor, Dmitry Razumov; and Brooklyn GM Billy King on compensation the Nets received for letting Kidd out of his four-year, $10.5 million contract. The Bucks sent the Nets two future second-round picks, and the Nets hired Hollins, the former Memphis Grizzlies coach. Bucks GM John Hammond and assistant GM David Morway learned of the negotiations with Kidd in the news media.

"Jeff, Wes, Marc, Dmitry and Billy started talking and they found a way to strike a deal," Kidd said.

Berger called the admission "stunning" in light of how it apparently violated the NBPA rule.  He is not along. Roberts also didn't like what she saw.  In addition to Kidd, Schwartz at the time represented Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Mirza Teletovic and Shaun Livingston.

"I am concerned that the union has been as lax as it has been on this question," Roberts told Berger "… Whether or not we go back and punish people who we determine have been in violation of the rule, we haven't even gotten there yet."