Kidd had been widely expected to join the Bucks after he had
sought increased power over the basketball operations in Brooklyn
but was rebuffed.
"The organization has permitted Jason Kidd to pursue a coaching
opportunity with the Milwaukee Bucks," the Nets said in a statement
on their website late on Monday.
"In exchange for allowing Kidd to depart, the Nets will receive two
second round draft picks (2015 & 2019) from Milwaukee.
"A search for a new head coach will begin immediately."
The 41-year-old Kidd went 44-38 in his first season in charge of the
A 10-time All Star during a glittering 19-year career as a point
guard, Kidd was hired by the Nets as their head coach 12 months ago,
soon after his retirement as a player.
Kidd had a successful playing stint with the Nets from 2001-2008,
which featured successive appearances in the NBA Finals in 2002 and
2003, and was renowned for his intelligence, game management and
Milwaukee's new ownership team of Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens met
Kidd in New York on Friday, just one day after the 2014 NBA draft.
Kidd, who is friendly with Lasry, had been poised to enter the
second season of a four-year, $10.5 million deal with the Nets.
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Under his guidance, the team won their opening playoff round against
the Toronto Raptors before losing to the Miami Heat in the Eastern
Drew, who went a dismal 15-67 in his first season in Milwaukee, had
two years left on his contract with the struggling Bucks before he
was fired on Monday.
"Despite the challenging season, Larry always handled himself and
represented the Bucks in a first-class manner," Bucks general
manager John Hammond said in a statement.
"Larry did the best he could in a difficult situation, especially
given all of our injuries. I want to thank Larry for all of his
efforts, and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg
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