Jason Kidd is out as the Bucks head coach.

By Chris Chavez
January 22, 2018

The Milwaukee Bucks have fired head coach Jason Kidd, the team announced Monday.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news. 

Kidd has served as the Bucks head coach since 2014. He has a 139–152 record in his 291 games coached in Milwaukee. His only previous coaching experience was a 44–38 season with the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-14.

"Many factors went into this decision, but ultimately we decided that a fresh approach and a change in leadership are needed to continue elevating our team to the next level and bringing us closer to our goal of winning championships," team GM Jon Horst wrote in an open letter. "We believe that making this change now is important for the organization and gives our players the best chance to reach their full potential this season and beyond."

In July 2014, the Bucks acquired Kidd as the team's head coach after firing Larry Drew and sending two second-round draft picks to the Nets in exchange for his coaching rights.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is reportedly devastated by the news, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.

Milwaukee is 23–22 on the season and sits in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks also made the decision on Kidd due to "frayed relationships in organization and general non-alignment", according to Wojnarowski.

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