The Nets have the parameters for a three-year deal in place to make future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd their next head coach, according to a person familiar with the situation.
No offer has yet been made and team brass were meeting this morning with Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw, the other viable candidate for the position. Nets general manager Billy King has had a meeting with Shaw planned for several days. Shaw has received interest across the NBA landscape and is regarded as a hot commodity for the Clippers, with whom he interviewed Monday.
Kidd met with Nets team brass Monday and gave an effective presentation for his candidacy as coach, several sources maintained. One phrase from several persons aware of the situation and close to Kidd has repeatedly surfaced.
“Jason really wants this,” and he has impressed that upon his potential bosses.
Kidd is less than two weeks removed from retiring after 19 seasons of Hall of Fame type brilliance in the NBA, and he may be just days away from joining an elite fraternity of just 30 NBA head coaches.
“The Russians are on board,” one source claimed.
Besides his pluses, there are minuses to Kidd’s coaching candidacy, which most recently include a DWI rap in July. But the inexperience factor is perhaps the biggest downside. Kidd has not coached anywhere, and so it is imperative he is surrounded by an experienced staff. One of his former coaches with the Nets, Lawrence Frank, is a logical choice but it is not certain if the man released by the Pistons after the regular season is ready to head back to a bench.
The marketing factor might not mean much to the average fan, but to those within the Nets hierarchy, it does. For all that the Nets accomplished in Brooklyn, equaling their second greatest win total (49) while making the playoffs, they remain New York’s second team. Remember, Kidd once attacked that problem as a player.
Kidd’s candidacy has received the blessing of coaches and players league-wide. Miami veteran forward Shane Battier joined the ranks before last night’s Game 3 of the Finals in San Antonio.
“Jason will be a great coach,” Battier said, downplaying the inexperience angle. “He will. His knowledge of the game is really on a Hall of Fame level, and for him, it’s going to be about an opportunity. That’s pretty much any coach, but whenever he gets his gig, he’ll do a great job.