Share story

NEW YORK – Jason Kidd had a seat in the coaching box and a jersey in the rafters in Brooklyn.

He wanted more.

And thus his celebrated return to the Nets’ franchise 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.

This week, save 90% on digital access.

The Bucks 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 lone season as Nets coach, but then sought control of the basketball-operations department and was denied.

Brooklyn officials 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 when the team was based in New Jersey.

The Nets hired him in June 2013 as coach, weeks after he retired as a player. They retired his No. 5 before an exhibition game in October. He also purchased a small portion of the team.

There was no reason to believe Kidd, 41, wouldn’t be back Thursday when he appeared at a news conference where the Nets announced plans for their new practice facility.

But things rarely ended cleanly for Kidd throughout his Hall of Fame-worthy career, and that remains the case for him as a coach. He was traded from Dallas, his first pro team, when he feuded with teammates. He was shipped out of Phoenix after pleading guilty to domestic abuse in 2001.

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.

Brooklyn ownership was not 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, but there had been no indication he wouldn’t be back before the Kidd situation emerged.

“Despite the challenging season, Larry always handled himself and represented the Bucks in a first-class manner,” Milwaukee general manager John Hammond said in a statement.

Milwaukee had the league’s worst record last season and is under new co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens. Lasry and Kidd are friends.

The Nets could choose from several coaches who are believed to be available, including Lionel Hollins, Mark Jackson and former Sonics coach George Karl.


• The $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers will hinge on the technicalities of family-trust law and whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had the right to unilaterally negotiate a deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The Monday trial will look at the trust’s terms alone and not focus on whether the 80-year-old Sterling is mentally incapacitated, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said in Los Angeles.

Attorneys will argue about whether Shelly Sterling properly followed the terms of the trust in declaring Donald Sterling to be mentally incapacitated and what happens to a deal that hasn’t been closed once a trust is revoked.

Shelly Sterling struck a deal to sell the team to Ballmer in May after Donald Sterling’s racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the league moved to oust him as an owner.

She had two doctors examine her husband and they declared he was mentally incapacitated and unable to act as an administrator of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.

• Free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony, who has been a New York Knick, will meet with the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday and is expected to talk to Houston and Dallas later in the week.

Under league rules, the Knicks can pay Anthony about $30 million more than any other team.

• Detroit won’t pick up its option on the contract of guard Chauncey Billups, 37, for 2014-15. Memphis isn’t making a qualifying offer to Ed Davis, 25, allowing the forward to become an unrestricted free agent.

Custom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.