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Report: Jason Kidd at odds with Bucks ownership over personnel power


Is Jason Kidd having some issues with ownership in his second job, too?

The Bucks coach is reportedly at odds with ownership, according to the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, with the team’s ownership group reportedly vetoing a “massive deal” with New Orleans that Kidd had put together.

“At last week’s trade deadline, Kidd tried to engineer a massive deal with New Orleans that Milwaukee ownership ultimately rejected, league sources tell me,” Wojnarowski said, via ProBasketballTalk’s Dan Feldman. “That wouldn’t have happened a year ago. But the fact that it did now speaks to the growing division within Milwaukee’s ownership group on Kidd.

“At the least, there’s an increasing reluctance to grant Kidd player personnel power — never mind his hopes of eventually moving out of coaching and into the role of Milwaukee’s top basketball executive.”

Kidd has reportedly been acting as Milwaukee’s de facto general manager pretty much since his arrival. After surprising many by going 41-41 and making the playoffs in 2014-15, Kidd’s Bucks have slipped to 24-34 this season.

This wouldn’t be the first time things have gone sour between Kidd and a team’s ownership – he made a power play for more personnel authority in Brooklyn, too, and Mikhail Prokhorov didn’t exactly have the highest opinion of him at last check.


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