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Jason Kidd has spent only one year as a head coach, but it was enough for Milwaukee to trade for him. (PHOTO: Keith Allison/WikiCommons)

Kidd is new Bucks head coach


Rumors kicked up late Saturday night that the Milwaukee Bucks were interested in bringing in Jason Kidd as their new head coach, and it became official Tuesday morning when the team announced its trade for the Brooklyn Nets head coach.

In a statement released by the team Tuesday morning, the Bucks signed Kidd after the Nets agreed to release him from his contract in exchange for two second round picks in the 2015 and 2019 NBA drafts. Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team.

Kidd will be the 14th head coach in the history of the Bucks franchise.

"When you list the characteristics that make a successful head coach, you would include leadership, communication and a competitive drive," Bucks general manager John Hammond said in a statement. "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."

New Bucks co-owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry issued a joint statement on the move.

"Jason is a determined leader, a tough-minded competitor and a great teammate. 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."

It was initially thought Kidd sought front office control in Milwaukee after a failed attempt to secure such powers in Brooklyn.

In his first year in Brooklyn, and first as a head coach, Kidd led Brooklyn to a 44-38 record and the second round of the playoffs.

In his first year in Milwaukee, outgoing head coach Larry Drew went 15-67.

The team officially confirmed Drew's dismissal in a statement released at 7:13 p.m. CT on Monday

"Despite the challenging season, Larry always handled himself and represented the Bucks in a first-class manner,"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."


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Photodavie | July 1, 2014 at 11:24 a.m. (report)

I feel bad for Larry Drew, but this is an interesting management decision. Young team, young coach, new owners, and they are hoping for a new arena. They are trying to rebrand the team and get people interested. This will do it. We'll have to wait and see if the changes produce results on the court (wins) and off (attendance).

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TosaJim | June 30, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. (report)

Great news...now they can go 18-64 next season.

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