By Brian Kotloff
June 09, 2013

(Brock Williams-Smith/Getty Images) Jason Kidd announced his retirement on Monday after 19 seasons as a player. (Brock Williams-Smith/Getty Images)

After announcing his retirement from playing this week, Jason Kidd is pursuing the Brooklyn Nets' head coaching position, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

"His candidacy has been discussed within the highest levels of the organization," sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Kidd, 40, led the Nets to the most prosperous period in team history when they played in New Jersey during the 2000s, including consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and '03.

Before the future Hall-of-Fame point guard signed with the Knicks last offseason, he considered re-joining the Nets as Deron Williams' backup, according to the report.

Brooklyn fired head coach Avery Johnson in December and announced after the season -- in which the team earned the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 49-33 record, then lost to the Chicago Bulls in a seven-game first-round series -- that it would not bring back interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

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From the report:

Kidd has been talking with associates about the possibility of making the immediate leap from a Hall of Fame playing career to a head coaching job, and has been working to identify a staff of assistant coaches who could help him overcome the significant learning curve, sources said.

The Nets have considered Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw as their top target for the vacancy, but are competing with the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets to secure him.

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