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?