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NEW YORK---The Bucks and
Brooklyn Nets have agreed to
a deal allowing Jason Kidd to
become Milwaukee s coach, a
person with knowledge of the
details said yesterday.
The Nets will receive a sec-
ond-round draft pick in 2015
that was formerly their own,
and another in 2019 belonging
to either Milwaukee or Sacra-
The person spoke condition
of anonymity because the deal
has not been announced.
Kidd went 44-38 in his only
season as Nets coach, but then
sought control of the basketball
operations department and was
denied. The Nets gave him per-
mission to talk to other teams
about a job.
Milwaukee still has coach
Larry Drew under contract.
It was a stunningly quick
ending to what had been Kidd s
celebrated return to the fran-
chise he twice led to the NBA
Finals as a player. The Nets hired
him last June as coach just
weeks after he retired as a player
and retired his No 5 before a
preseason game in October.
Also, he bought a small portion
of the team.
There was no indication
Thursday he wouldn t be back
when he appeared at a press
conference where the Nets
announced plans for their new
Milwaukee had the NBA s
worst record last season at 15-
67, but there had been nothing
to believe Drew wouldn t return.
However, the Bucks have new
co-owners in Marc Lasry and
Wes Edens, and Lasry and Kidd
The Nets could choose from
a number of quality coaches
who are available, including
Lionel Hollins, George Karl and
They bypassed experience
when they chose Kidd last sum-
mer, and the results were ugly
early. Kidd removed Lawrence
Frank from the bench after lob-
bying for the Nets to hire his
former coach as his lead assis-
tant, then was fined $50,000
by the NBA after intentionally
spilling a drink on the court to
delay a game.
The Nets started 10-21 with
a high-priced, high-expecta-
tions team, though regrouped
to reach the second round of
the playoffs. Kidd won two
Eastern Conference coach of
the month honors for engineer-
ing a turnaround with a small-
ball lineup after centre Brook
Lopez was lost to a broken foot.
He departs Brooklyn now
with free agency opening today
and key Nets Paul Pierce and
Shaun Livingston set to hit the
Kidd led the Nets to the 2002
and 03 NBA Finals and
remained a fan favorite even
after he became unhappy with
the team and was traded to Dal-
las in 2008. But as much as
ownership may have liked him,
it wasn t interested in position-
ing Kidd above general manager
Billy King and giving him the
power he sought.
Lasry and Edens had said in
announcing the purchase of the
team in April that they would
evaluate the organisation. Lasry
spoke to a meeting of Milwau-
kee-area journalists and busi-
ness leaders on June 23, before
the draft, and afterward told
The Associated Press that they
were still in the evaluation
But the new ownership group
had given no indication that
Drew or general manager John
Hammond might be in trouble
after the franchise s worst sea-
son in former US Senator Herb
Kohl s last year as team owner.
Hammond spearheaded the
draft evaluation process that
landed Milwaukee a potential
superstar in Duke forward Jabari
Parker with the second overall
pick in the NBA draft.
Kidd to Bucks after
Nets agree to deal
Jason Kidd...in talks to the Milwaukee Bucks about a position after
losing his bid for front-office power with the Nets. AP PHOTO
MIAMI---LeBron James went first.
Dwyane Wade followed a few days
later. And now Chris Bosh has made
it a clean sweep. The Heatles, as the
Miami Heat trio is known, are free,
for now anyway.
Bosh told the Heat on Sunday that
he, like James and Wade, will be exer-
cising the early termination option
in his contract and forgoing the final
two years on his Miami deal---making
him a free agent. The move was not
unexpected, and gives the Heat a
gigantic amount of financial flexibility
to shop with when the free-agent
window officially opens at midnight
Bosh s decision was the last domino
that the Heat needed to fall in order
to free up the biggest amount of
money possible heading into free
agency. In pro North American sports,
players are free to negotiate with any
team once their contracts are up.
James, Dwyane Wade and Chris
Bosh famously teamed up in 2010 to
accept a little less than the NBA s
maximum salaries in 2010, allowing
Miami to sign all three and afford
help around them.
That was the last time free agency
was accompanied by the sort of frenzy
that will envelop the NBA over the
next few weeks.
If Miami s Big Three do something
similar now, that could allow the Heat
to replenish their roster, which would
have been nearly impossible if they
had decided to keep playing under
their existing contracts.
James, basketball s biggest star,
averaged 27.1 points this past season.
He turns 30 next season and might
just be entering his prime.
In James four seasons in Miami,
the Heat have been to the NBA Finals
in each of those years, winning two
championships and more games than
any other team over that span. James
seems to have largely recovered from
the hit his image took when he left
hometown Cleveland for Miami, often
saying he s much happier now as a
person than he was then.
Like James, Bosh could have made
$20,590,000 this coming season, and
$22,112,500 in the 2015-16 season.
Wade was due to make slightly less
in each of those years, but between
those three and Udonis Haslem---who
did not exercise a player option to
make $4.6 million next season---that s
about $66 million in salary that Miami
could have been locked in to paying
if these decisions went another way.
Instead, the thinking seems to be
that in order for the Heat to get better,
players knew they needed to give Heat
President Pat Riley room to work.
"Being able to have flexibility as a
professional, anyone, that s what we
all would like," James said earlier this
offseason, shortly after the finals.
Riley expressed similar sentiments
when James opted out Tuesday and
Wade exercised his option Saturday.
On Sunday he recognised Bosh s role
in Miami s run of success.
"Chris is one of the most versatile
and dynamic big men in this league,
and he has been an instrumental key
to our championship success over the
last four seasons," Riley, the Heat
president, said in a statement released
by the team.
"We look forward to meeting with
Chris and his agent in the coming
days to discuss keeping him in Miami
for many years to come."
All three will be free to sign else-
where, but there s no indication yet
that they ll even look at other clubs
--- and if they agree to new deals with
the Heat, the team would almost cer-
tainly have more than enough finan-
cial freedom to upgrade.
Bosh, who averaged 16.2 points this
past season, said this month: "I like
it here. It s Miami. Enough said. Peo-
ple are dying to get here."
The NBA s salary cap, which exists
to keep richer teams from outspending
lesser ones, is expected to be some-
where around $63.2 million for next
season, so the Heat will have tons of
Much of that, they hope, will go
right back to keeping James, Wade
and Bosh together. The luxury tax
threshold should be around $77 mil-
lion next season, and perhaps up to
$81 million for the following year.
Reserve guard Norris Cole has a
guaranteed contract for just over $2
million for next season, and little-
used center Justin Hamilton has a
partially guaranteed deal that could
wind up being worth $816,000. (AP)
LOS ANGELES---With a $2 billion sale of the
Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance,
a judge was set to determine yesterday if the
terms of a family trust alone are enough to
confirm Donald Sterling was properly removed
as trustee and allow his estranged wife to sell
the basketball team without his consent.
Shelly Sterling struck a deal to sell the team
to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after
Donald Sterling s taped racist remarks to a girl-
friend were publicised and the NBA moved to
oust him as owner.
Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas was to
hear arguments yesterday from attorneys rep-
resenting each of the co-owners, Donald and
Shelly Sterling, a week after he suggested in
comments to the court that the terms alone
seemed so unambiguous and clear that "I could
decide this case in five minutes."
In May, two doctors who examined the 80-
year-old Sterling declared he was mentally inca-
pacitated and unable to act as an administrator
of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the
The trust s terms say incapacitation can be
determined by two licensed doctors without ties
to the family who are specialists in their field.
In court filings, Donald Sterling s attorneys
argued that Sterling submitted to medical exam-
ination "under false pretenses," and that the
examination and letters regarding his mental
capacity were defective and incomplete. They
say he should be able to call his own experts at
a trial set for Monday.
Because their main expert will be out of town
then, the judge will also determine whether he
can be deposed on video or if the trial will be
postponed as requested by Sterling s attorneys.
An expedited trial date was provided because
of the urgent timing of the deal.
The NBA s owners are scheduled to meet July
15 to vote on the deal, which they must approve.
And if the sale isn t completed by September
15, the league could seize the team and put it
up for auction. (AP)
scope of trial
on Clippers sale
Bosh tells Heat he opts out
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