Jason Kidd's future as coach of the Brooklyn Nets is uncertain after an attempt to gain more power within the organization led to the team granting him permission to interview with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to sources close to the process.
Sources have confirmed a New York Post report that Kidd, after a successful debut season upon making the difficult jump from player to coach, recently approached ownership with a request to have personnel control in addition to his coaching duties. Nets ownership, however, rebuffed Kidd.
The Bucks then asked for and were granted permission to speak with Kidd about hiring him away from Brooklyn, sources said.
Bucks general manager John Hammond has two years remaining on his contract, as does coach Larry Drew, creating an awkward situation for two principal figures in the organization with all the talk about Kidd swirling.
Kidd led the Nets to a 44-38 record in his lone season as coach after retiring from a storied 19-year pro career. Brooklyn, led by veterans Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett, prevailed in a first-round series against Toronto before losing in the second round to the Miami Heat.
Kidd, who has no previous front-office experience, reportedly wanted more control in Brooklyn although the team had a general manager in Billy King.
The Bucks and Brooklyn Nets reached a deal Monday to allow Jason Kidd to become Milwaukee's head coach.
A league source indicated Kidd will sign a three or four-year deal to lead the Bucks. The Bucks and Nets agreed to compensation with Milwaukee sending two second-round picks to Brooklyn, one in 2015 and one in 2018 or 2019, the source said.
Kidd will replace Larry Drew, who coached just one season with the Bucks. Drew went 15-67 in his only season in Milwaukee. He had two years remaining on the deal he signed last summer, a three-year contract worth approximately $7.5 million.
Jason Kidd avoided repeated questions about why he wanted to leave the Nets for the Milwaukee Bucks and did not say "Brooklyn" or "Nets" during his introductory news conference Wednesday at the Bradley Center.
"This is business. I think [Nets general manager] Billy [King] said it best," Kidd said with a grin. "It's business, and that's what it comes down to."
Kidd agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract with the Bucks, sources tell ESPN.com's Marc Stein.
Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher, neither of whom has head-coaching experience, recently signed five-year deals worth $25 million each with the Warriors and Knicks, respectively.