Mikhail Prokhorov

Mikhail Prokhorov (AP)

UPDATE: The Nets released a statement from Irina Pavlova, President of ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment, following the report:
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The Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks have agreed on compensation that will allow Jason Kidd to join the Milwaukee Bucks as their head coach, a league source confirmed to The Brooklyn Game Monday morning.
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Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd, Shaun Livingston (AP)

The NBA's free agency moratorium period begins tomorrow; it's a time when NBA teams can discuss contracts with players and come to handshake agreements without signing anything official. The biggest deals get agreed upon during this period: Miami's "Big 3" decided to join forces during the moratorium period, and Deron Williams tweeted out his decision to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets on July 3rd, 2012, more than a week before he officially signed the contract on an iPad.

So this would normally be a fun time where we look at potential free agent signings and players the Nets could target with their taxpayer mid-level exception. But before we do that, we have to acknowledge that the Nets are on fire.
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The Brooklyn Nets have been offered a 2015 second-rounder from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Jason Kidd, according to ESPN's Andy Katz.

From the report:

The source said the Bucks offered a second-round pick, but the Nets wanted a 2015 first-round pick in exchange, a negotiating chip the Bucks originally dismissed.

"If the Nets agree then there will be a deal, if they don't then (the Bucks) are comfortable moving on and there will be nothing further to talk about," said the source. "The only thing (the Bucks) would give them is a second-round pick. They want a first. In the next 24 hours, there will either be a deal or there won't be a deal."

The source said the Bucks only talked to Kidd about being the coach, not any kind of administrative position running basketball operations. The source said the negotiation was supposed to be between the owners, not involving any basketball personnel, before the story leaked out by the New York Post. But the source said the negotiations are now being handled by Bucks general manager John Hammond and the Nets' Billy King.

The Nets reportedly are holding out for a first-round pick for Kidd, which means this all turns into a big game of chicken: either the Bucks really want Kidd and will give up a first-round pick as the deal's clock strikes midnight, or the Nets will give in and take any haul they can get.

There's not many other places for the Nets to shop Kidd around, but they do technically have him under contract, meaning they hold the ultimate legal leverage. Who's going to blink first?

Stay tuned...

 

The Nets won't give up Jason Kidd without a fight... or at least a replenishing of their depleted stock of first-round draft picks.
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It was around this time last year that Jason Kidd set the NBA ablaze, by accepting a head-coaching job with the Nets just a few days after retiring. Not to be outdone by himself, Jason Kidd upped the ante by demanding to be the presidential of basketball operations and now, having been turned down, looks to be on his way out of Brooklyn.

Yes, you read that correctly, Jason Kidd is on his way out of Brooklyn.

If you have the stomach to read up on some of the coaches that may replace future-Milwaukee-Bucks-Overlord-Of-Everything Jason Kidd, we’ve complied a list of potential coaching candidates.

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I can't get over how quickly this has happened.

Imagine Jason Kidd is in first grade. His teacher announces at the beginning of the day that they can either eat one marshmallow now, or wait until the end of school and they'd get two marshmallows then. Kidd tells the teacher he'll wait until the end of class to get two marshmallows. When his teacher isn't looking, he steals one marshmallow from his classmate Lawrence, then tells the teacher Lawrence stole his homework, forcing Larry to go to the principal's office and write a report on the importance of fairness.

Then, when the day is almost over, Kidd goes to the teacher's desk and tries to convince them that he should be the teacher's aide and have control of the bag of marshmallows and the class's access to the supermarket and food budget, and that he knows of some really great biscotti they can get for them over in the other classroom.

That's what this feels like, right?

Any conceivable modicum of Nets franchise stability has crumbled: the hierarchy of Prokhorov-to-King-to-Kidd has shattered, the idea that Kidd would develop his coaching abilities over the next decade is all but dead. Now he’s either going to get buried in the Nets organization until the Nets can finagle a first-round pick out of Milwaukee, or they’ll find a way to fire him outright without paying the entirety of his contract.

Kidd coached 80 regular season games (post-DWI suspension) and 12 playoff games, with a 43-37 regular-season record and 5-7 in the postseason. He apparently thought that after one season, he deserved the reins to the entire show, or that perhaps he could run it better than the men above him in that capacity. He’s intrigued by the “higher-paying, lower-workload life of an executive,” which correlates with reports last season that Kidd and Frank clashed over Kidd’s laissez-faire summer schedule when Frank wanted to prepare for the season.

Putting aside the obvious — do you really want to hire a president who wants the job because he doesn’t have to work so much? — it’s possible Kidd could run a franchise as it’s head of basketball operations. Probably not at age 41 without any front office experience and just one year of head coaching under his belt. But this is what Kidd thought he deserved.

The franchise enabled him with each decision until now: they let him have personnel control to demote Frank, they let him purchase part of Jay-Z’s shares. Even if that bothered the front office — and it seems like it did — they tacitly gave him their approval by letting him take control. On the bench, it worked: the Nets went from 10-21 to 44-38 in 2014, going one round further in the playoffs than in the past season.

So he took the power they’d given him and tried to extrapolate it well beyond his measure. Sure, Gregg Popovich has the same power in San Antonio, but Popovich’s relationship with the Spurs is a once-in-a-generation thing, and Popovich started from the executive role and gave himself the coaching job. Conversely, the Nets are letting Kidd interview with other teams after one season of being, quite literally, the most prominent face in the franchise. That should send up red flags.

Kidd's crime wasn’t asking for a job he wanted, his crime was doing it way, way, way too soon. Now it looks like he's getting transferred to another class.

 

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Well, tonight officially went bonkers. In case you missed it, the Nets have given head coach Jason Kidd permission to speak to the Milwaukee Bucks to be the head of their basketball operations.

Given what information is out there, do you want Jason Kidd back?

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JASON KIDD, MIMING HOLDING THE FAN THAT CURRENTLY HAS S*** HITTING IT (AP)

JASON KIDD, MIMING HOLDING THE FAN THAT CURRENTLY HAS S*** HITTING IT (AP)

The Nets have given head coach Jason Kidd permission to speak to the Milwaukee Bucks to be the head of their basketball operations after a failed power play to take over the team's basketball operations, according to a report by Tim Bontemps of the New York Post.

No, really, read that sentence again. Do it. Swirl it around your brain for a good twenty to thirty-five seconds. Let it stick to your membranes like a spilled soda in your skull.

The report has been corroborated by multiple reporters, including that Kidd also asked for a raise after seeing lucrative deals for new head coaches Derek Fisher & Steve Kerr and was declined. The Russians are "done with Kidd," according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, and are currently discussion compensation with the Bucks for Kidd's early departure from his contract. Ken Berger of CBS Sports that it's unlikely that Kidd will return to the team in any capacity:

Two more wrinkles to this story: The new co-owner of the Bucks, Mark Lasry, once worked as Kidd's financial advisor, and Kidd also advocated a trade with the Bucks that would have sent Brook Lopez and Mirza Teletovic to Milwaukee for Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova, according to Tom Lorenzo of NetsDaily.

To say this is a stunning turn of events is giving stuns too much credit. As of about two hours ago, I'd tell you that Kidd has the most power of any person in this organization: after he dismissed Lawrence Frank, after buying half of Jay-Z's shares, after cementing his status as their greatest NBA player of all time, after the Nets basically handed him the reins to a championship-caliber team within nine days of his retirement. He was the guy, possibly someone who could have had a coaching job for life. Now, it looks like he's headed elsewhere: if not Milwaukee, then somewhere with an open position.

There's two schools of thought here. You could argue that Kidd, considered one of the best basketball minds of all time, should have more power in the front office to oversee decisions, even if it's just as a figurehead. On the other hand, Kidd waltzed up to the front office and asked Mikhail Prokhorov to promote him into a presidential position over general manager Billy King, the guy who hired Kidd in the first place. That type of power in any organization is "rare," the Post article notes:

Holding the dual roles of both coaching a team and overseeing basketball operations is rare in the NBA, with only San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy, Minnesota’s Flip Saunders and the Clippers’ Doc Rivers currently holding both roles. Van Gundy and Saunders assumed their roles this offseason.

This is also all happening mere days before NBA's free agency perioid, when Nets free agents Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston, and Andray Blatche will all have decisions to make about their future with the team.

 

Xavier Thames

Xavier Thames

After giving a million dollars to Minnesota and drafting OK State's Markel Brown with the 44th pick, the Nets made two quick moves back-to-back.

They first bought the 59th pick from the Toronto Raptors and used it to pick San Diego State senior guard Xavier Thames. Thames, a 6-3 guard averaged 17.6 points and 3.2 assists his senior year. Draft Express had him ranked #85 on the top 100 prospect list.

Second, they purchased the 60th pick from San Antonio and drafted Baylor big man Cory Jefferson. Jefferson averaged 13.7 points and 8.2 rebounds his senior year and was ranked 66 in the Draft Express prospect list.

I don't know anything about either of these dudes, but I like the fact that the Nets realized what Mason Plumlee brought to the team and added more athleticism. I also liked that they added two guys who were able to score a lot in college (both Brown and Thames put up over 17 a game), and got guys who can rebound. It's interesting that none of these guys are Eurostashes, and a good reminder that the Nets don't have a D-League team anymore, so they clearly see these three as potential role-fillers.

Check out highlights of Thames and Jefferson here.

Oh, and give them a welcome to Brooklyn on Twitter: @Xthames2 and @CoryJay34

 

Markel Brown

Markel Brown

The Nets sent one million dollars to the Minnesota Timberwolves and received the 44th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. With the pick, they drafted Oklahoma State senior guard Markel Brown.

Brown averaged 12.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.3 APG over his four-year career at Oklahoma State. The 6-3. 190-pound guard averaged 17.2 points and 5.3 total rebounds his senior year.

DraftExpress.com had Brown ranked as the #51 prospect and #13 senior. He's known for his athleticism and jumping ability. Here's what the guys over at Draft Express had to say about him:

Capping off his third year as a starter for the Cowboys, Markel Brown wrapped up his collegiate career with a 20 point performance in Oklahoma State's 85-77 loss to Gonzaga in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. One of the bright spots in what was an up-and-down campaign for Travis Ford's program, Brown earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors for the second consecutive season, showing significant improvement playing alongside Marcus Smart and solidifying himself as a potential NBA draftee, averaging 17.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per-game.

Brown's intrigue at the next level has always started with his phenomenal athleticism. Undersized for a shooting guard standing 6'3, the Alexandria, Louisiana native has a 6'7 wingspan to go along with good speed and quickness, but his calling card is unquestionable his outstanding leaping ability, landing him on Sportscenter multiple times this season and prior.

The former top-150 recruit has improved considerably over his four year career, making major progress since arriving in Stillwater. A highlight reel dunk waiting to happen, Brown was often maligned for his lack of perimeter skills and shooting early in his career, but developed into a reliable jump shooter. Ending his senior season as Oklahoma's State's second leading scorer, Brown still did most of his damage using his athleticism in transition, but had a very efficient season scoring in the half court, where his improved shooting helped him make teams pay for leaving him open beyond the arc and giving him space operating off the bounce in the midrange and when dribbling off ball screens.

From DraftExpress.com

Check out some of his highlights here.

Oh yeah, and then there is this. Uh, wow.

You can follow Markel on twitter @iMarkelBrown22. Join me in welcoming the newest Brooklyn Net!

 

Despite previously saying that the Nets probably wouldn't be picking in the first round, it looks like Billy King might have something up his sleeve...

Not sure who the target is with this, but we'll see as the draft develops.