Jason Kidd had a seat in the coaching box and a jersey in the rafters.
The former Cal star wanted more. And now his celebrated return to the Brooklyn Nets has turned into yet another ugly exit.
Kidd is set to become Milwaukee’s coach after the Bucks and Brooklyn agreed to a deal Monday, a person with knowledge of the details said.
The Bucks then paved the way for Kidd’s arrival by firing coach Larry Drew later in the day.
The Nets will receive a second-round draft pick in 2015 that was formerly their own, and another in 2019 belonging to either Milwaukee or Sacramento.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
Kidd went 44-38 in his only season as Nets coach, but then sought control of the basketball operations department and was denied. The Nets gave him permission to talk to other teams about a job.
It was a stunningly quick ending to Kidd’s reunion with the franchise he twice led to the NBA Finals as a player. The Nets hired him last June as coach just weeks after he retired as a player and retired his No. 5 before a preseason game in October. Also, he bought a small portion of the team.
There was no reason to believe he wouldn’t be back Thursday when he appeared at a press conference where the Nets announced plans for their new practice facility.
– Technicalities key in Sterling case: The $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers will hinge on the technicalities of family trust law and whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had the right to unilaterally negotiate a deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
The July 7 trial will look at the trust’s terms alone and not focus on whether the 80-year-old Sterling is mentally incapacitated, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said.
– Magic cut ties with Nelson: The Orlando Magic waived Jameer Nelson, parting ways with their longest-tenured player in a move to save valuable salary cap space and turn a page toward the future. Nelson’s departure comes just weeks before the team would have owed him $8 million for the final year of a three-year contract.
But by waiving him by July 16, Orlando owes the veteran point guard only $2 million in guaranteed money.