Bucks to unveil Jason Kidd publicly on Wednesday
May 14, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd (center) talks with center Kevin Garnett (2) and guard Shaun Livingston (14t) during the second half in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 96-94. Image by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
After a saga that publicly extended from Saturday night into Tuesday morning, the Milwaukee Bucks have announced that they have hired Jason Kidd to be their new head coach.
They will introduce Kidd to Milwaukee media on Wednesday morning.
Kidd, 41, takes over for Larry Drew who lasted one year before new co-owner Marc Lasry agreed with Kidd's former team, the Brooklyn Nets, to trade two second round draft picks for Kidd to become the coach.
"When you list the characteristics that make a successful head coach, you would include leadership, communication and a competitive drive," said GM John Hammond in an online statement. "Jason used all of those traits to become a 10-time All-Star player in the NBA, and has now translated his on-court success to the bench. We welcome him to the Bucks organization and look forward to building a Championship-caliber team with him as our head coach."
"Jason is a determined leader, a tough-minded competitor and a great teammate," said Bucks owners Lasry and co-owner Wes Edens in the same statement. "We believe his focus, vision and intensity will help him work alongside John and David (Morway) to rebuild the Milwaukee Bucks as we aspire to achieve excellence over the next several years. We are excited that Jason will call Milwaukee his new home."
The team also announced Monday that it let coach Larry Drew go, with general manager John Hammond making the announcement.
"Despite the challenging season, Larry always handled himself and represented the Bucks in a first-class manner. Larry did the best he could in a difficult situation, especially given all of our injuries. I want to thank Larry for all of his efforts, and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors," said Hammond in the statement.
The wheels were set in motion Wednesday, according to SNY in New York.
"King and very few others inside the organization knew about it Wednesday and business went on as usual. Kidd poked his head in and out of the Nets’ war room Thursday evening during the draft, opting to spend much of the evening in his office," said SNY reporter Josh Newman.
ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that the Bucks and Nets reached their deal Monday morning.
Source : Bucks and Nets reach deal for Jason Kidd— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 30, 2014
His colleague Marc Stein said that the cost the Bucks must pay the Nets would not include a first-round draft pick.
ESPN sources say Bucks are sending two second-round picks to Nets to secure coaching rights to Jason Kidd— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 30, 2014
The Journal Sentinel's Charles Gardner details which of those picks will go to Brooklyn.
Bucks land Jason Kidd, source confirms. Compensation will be 2 second-round picks, one in 2015 and one in 2018 or 2019.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 30, 2014
Reports surfaced Saturday night that Kidd and Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry - a minority Nets investor when Kidd became head coach of Brooklyn - were talking about him at least coaching, and possibly controlling basketball operations for the Bucks.
There were also reports - such as one in USA TODAY - that Kidd wanted more control of basketball operations with the Nets, but the ownership there refused to give it to him - hence, his reported desire to coach Milwaukee.
Kidd has one year of coaching experience and none in player personnel.
As of early Monday morning, there had been no report of the firing of coach Larry Drew - a contentious point among many in the basketball world.
No matter the end result, Larry Drew is a class act and deserves better than this nonsense playing out the way that it is.— Doug Russell (@DougRussell) June 30, 2014
Here's what the Milwaukee owners had communicated to coach Larry Drew about negotiating a deal for his job w/ Jason Kidd: Nothing.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
Lost in this is violation of coach's code: You don't pursue job belonging to someone else. Humiliating end for Larry Drew. Kidd's shameless.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
That word came later Monday morning.