Jason Kidd had a seat in the coaching box and a jersey in the rafters.
He wanted more. And now his celebrated return to the Nets has turned into yet another ugly exit.
Kidd is set to become Milwaukee’s coach after the Bucks and Brooklyn agreed to a deal Monday, a person with knowledge of the details said.
The Bucks then paved the way for Kidd’s arrival by firing coach Larry Drew later in the day.
The Nets will receive a second-round draft pick in 2015 that was formerly their own, and another in 2019 belonging to either Milwaukee or Sacramento.
Kidd went 44-38 in his only season as Nets coach, but then sought control of the basketball operations department and was denied. The Nets gave him permission to talk to other teams about a job.
It was a stunningly quick ending to Kidd’s reunion with the franchise he twice led to the NBA Finals as a player. The Nets hired him last June as coach just weeks after he retired as a player and retired his No. 5 before a preseason game in October. Also, he bought a small portion of the team.
But things rarely ended cleanly for Kidd throughout his Hall of Fame-worthy career, and that remains the case as a coach. He was traded from Dallas, his first pro team, when he feuded with teammates. He was shipped out of Phoenix after an arrest for a domestic dispute.
And though he led the Nets to the 2002 and ’03 NBA Finals and remained a franchise icon, he soured on the team during the 2007-08 season, and the franchise dealt him back to Dallas.
Current ownership wasn’t interested in positioning Kidd above general manager Billy King and giving him the power he sought.
Drew went 15-67 in his only season in Milwaukee.
Around the league
Pistons • Detroit won’t pick up the team option on Chauncey Billups’ contract for the 2014-15 season. Coach Stan van Gundy says Monday’s announcement was a hard one. He says the 37-year-old guard "will always be a valued member of the Detroit Pistons’ family."
Magic • Orlando waived veteran guard Jameer Nelson.
The move ends the run of the Magic’s longest-tenured player at 10 seasons. He played in 651 regular-season games in Orlando with 556 starts, averaging 12.6 points and 5.4 assists .
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