UPDATE: Kidd appears to be in the running for the President job in Milwaukee, which has been unoccupied since Herb Kohl stepped down as owner. Lasry said last week the Bucks were in the process of interviewing for the position.
Bucks officials under this belief, sources tell Yahoo: Kidd wants Phil Jackson-like president’s role with Bucks – perhaps without coaching.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 29, 2014
According to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post, the Milwaukee Bucks have obtained permission to talk to Jason Kidd about a coaching/management position within the team. Kidd reportedly wanted control of basketball operations in Brooklyn — including a title above that of current general manager Billy King — but the Nets denied his request.
After being turned down by the Nets, “the franchise then was approached by the Bucks to speak with Kidd about the prospect of hiring him.”
Last summer, Kidd went straight from retirement as a player to the taking a job as Brooklyn’s head coach. After a bumpy start, Kidd guided the Nets to a 44-38 season and a first-round playoff series win over the Toronto Raptors.
The story was confirmed in a tweet by David Aldridge.
Presumably Bucks owner Marc Lasry is familiar with Kidd. He was a minority owner of the Nets for part of the 2013-14 season. He subsequently had to divest his holdings in the Nets — per league ownership rules — before purchasing the Bucks with Wesley Edens for $550 million.
The Bucks already have a head coach in Larry Drew. He has two years remaining on his contract, plus a team option for a third season. Milwaukee finished the season with 15 wins in his only season with the team.
(Update: 9:35 PM) Other info, including more Lasry/Kidd connections:
Bucks coach Larry Drew & front office was unaware Jason Kidd was about to interview for their jobs, sources told ESPN
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 29, 2014
Kidd attended the wedding of Lasry’s daughter this summer: http://t.co/olXzAWHXvZ
— Jon Hartzell (@hartzellNBA) June 29, 2014
Bucks new co-owner Mark Lasry is close with Kidd, serving at one time as his financial advisor.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 29, 2014
Source: Kidd isn’t pursuing Bucks coaching job. He wants to be president of basketball ops.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 29, 2014