Jason Kidd to coach Bucks; Nets get two second-round draft picks


Jason Kidd will be on the sidelines as Bucks coach. (John Minchillo / AP)

It’s official: Jason Kidd is leaving the Brooklyn Nets for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Kidd will leave the Nets after one season as coach, taking the same job in Milwaukee. In return the Bucks agreed to send second-round draft picks next year and in 2019 to Brooklyn.

The move means that the Bucks will have to fire Larry Drew in order to bring on board Kidd, whose financial adviser, Marc Lasay, is a co-owner of the team. Kidd’s departure became all but certain when he lost a power play with General Manager Billy King. Brooklyn allowed Kidd to begin negotiating with the Bucks and a move was all but certain. He had three years left on his contract with the Nets, but grew dissatisfied when he saw the kind of money new coaches, like Derek Fisher, were making.

Kidd led the Nets to a 44-38 record and a victory over Toronto in the first round of the playoffs.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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