Report: Jason Kidd expected to leave as Nets head coach
Jason Kidd is expected to leave his position as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets after just one season in charge according to Andrew Keh at The New York Times. The New York Post first broke the news that Nets ownership rebuffed Kidd's wish to become the new director of basketball operations, a position that would have placed him above general manager Billy King. In turn, the Nets granted the Milwaukee Bucks permission to interview Kidd for the same role, and it now appears that Kidd is on his way out of Brooklyn.
Regardless of how the Bucks situation plays out, there are strong indications from Brooklyn that there is no way Jason Kidd will be back.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 29, 2014
Kidd's first season at the helm was a successful one, as the Nets won a playoff series before losing to the Miami Heat in five games, but was also fraught with turmoil. After a rocky start to the season, Kidd abruptly demoted assistant coach Lawrence Frank in early December, just weeks after convincing the Nets front office to make Frank the highest-paid assistant in the NBA. Reports surfaced that Kidd cursed out the assistant because he was being too vocal on the bench. Nonetheless, Kidd helped propel the Nets from potentially missing the playoffs to an impressive first-round win over the Toronto Raptors.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports reports that Kidd sought a raise and expanded power within the Brooklyn organization after both Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher -- neither of whom have any head coaching experience -- were handed hefty contracts to coach the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks, respectively.
If Kidd leaves Brooklyn after one season, it will mark another acrimonious departure from the organization for the formerly troubled superstar, only this time as a coach. Former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is expected to receive serious consideration as the next coach if Kidd ends up leaving the Nets.
-- Gabriel Baumgaertner