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Jason Kidd is in negotiations to become the next coach of the Brooklyn Nets, a source familiar with the negotiations told The Philadelphia Inquirer. But in the wake of that report, sources told ESPN that the team interviewed Brian Shaw on Wednesday as scheduled.
Sources close to both the Nets and Kidd say that a deal has not been agreed upon; however, sources also told ESPN there is a rising belief in NBA coaching circles that a news conference to announce Kidd's hiring could come as soon as Thursday.Shaw has been told to expect a decision by Thursday or Friday and that he is still a serious candidate for the job, multiple sources told ESPN. The Nets had done extensive research on Shaw for months and waited to hire a coach until he became available, after the Pacers lost in the Eastern Conference finals. Shaw was an assistant with Indiana since 2011 after working on Phil Jackson's staff with the Lakers the previous seven years.
Kidd and the Nets are discussing a three-year contract, the Inquirer reported. It would be Kidd's first head-coaching job at any level after just deciding to retire from the game after this past season.
To hedge against Kidd's coaching inexperience, the presence of one or two assistant coaches with head-coaching experience on the bench has been seen as a prerequisite for the Nets to seriously consider him as head coach. Sources told ESPN that Kidd's plan includes bringing in former Pistons and Nets coach Lawrence Frank as an assistant.
One of the main draws to Kidd is the impact he has on Deron Williams. Kidd and Williams are close friends, with Kidd somewhat in the big brother role. The Nets believe that if Williams is engaged and playing his best, many of their problems are solved and the Nets are a far better team. With Kidd at the helm, they believe Williams would play at his optimum level.
The Nets did not retain P.J. Carlesimo despite the fact he went 35-19 after taking over for Avery Johnson last season. The Nets were beaten by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs.
Information from ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, Chris Broussard, Mike Mazzeo, Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne was used in this report.