The Brooklyn Nets on Saturday gave the Bucks' front office permission to speak with head coach Jason Kidd about possibly joining Milwaukee's franchise next season, according to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post. Earlier this week, the Bucks selected the former Duke star with the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft.
The news on Saturday comes after the first year head coach recently approached the Nets' front office about attaining other responsibilities within the organization, including, according to Bontemps, "the role of overseeing the Nets' basketball operations department." Brooklyn responded by rejecting the idea, citing not enough experience for Kidd, who led the Nets to a 44-38 record in his first season with the team.
It's not immediately clear what role the Bucks had in mind for Kidd when they approached Brooklyn with the request to speak with the 41-year-old recently retired player. Larry Drew finished his first season with the team this past spring after being hired by Milwaukee last summer following his coaching stint with the Hawks.
The dual-role of head coach and front office executive is a rare one in the NBA, typically given to more seasoned individuals with years if not decades of head coaching experience. Currently, only the Spurs' Gregg Popovich, the Clippers' Doc Rivers, Detroit's Stan Van Gundy and Minnesota's Flip Saunders have that dual role of head coach and overseeing basketball operations for the team.