The trade that sent Jason Kidd from the Brooklyn Nets to the Milwaukee Bucks was final a few days ago, but the contract that Kidd would be signing with the Bucks was not. Today, Kidd officially became the Bucks head coach after agreeing to terms.
The trade sent two future second round draft picks to the Nets. One in 2015 and the other in 2019. Kidd was released from his Nets contract to facilitate the deal. Kidd will be the 14th head coach in Milwaukee Buck history. Kidd spent 19 years as a player in the NBA.
“When you list the characteristics that make a successful head coach, you would include leadership, communication and a competitive drive,” said Hammond. “Jason used all of those traits to become a 10-time All-Star player in the NBA, and has now translated his on-court success to the bench. We welcome him to the Bucks organization and look forward to building a Championship-caliber team with him as our head coach.”
“Jason is a determined leader, a tough-minded competitor and a great teammate,” said Bucks owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. “We believe his focus, vision and intensity will help him work alongside John and David (Morway) to rebuild the Milwaukee Bucks as we aspire to achieve excellence over the next several years. We are excited that Jason will call Milwaukee his new home.”
Kidd led the Nets to the playoffs where they beat the Toronto Raptors in round one but lost to the Miami Heat in round 2. In Brooklyn he led the Nets to a 44-38 record. He retired from the NBA in 2013 and immediately became the coach of the Nets.
Terms of Kidd’s deal with the Bucks has not yet been released.