In the offseason for the National Basketball Association, teams will trade players to one another routinely in an effort to improve their rosters. Monday, however, a coach was traded to another team because he sought more responsibility and a pay increase.
Former NBA great Jason Kidd was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for two future 2nd round draft picks Monday in a highly unusual case of a coach being sent to another team.
Kidd had just completed his first season as a head coach, leading the Brooklyn Nets to the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs. But as Sports Illustrated reported, while the Nets considered ways to improve their team, Kidd wanted to improve his position in the organization and his salary:
Kidd was granted permission to speak with the Bucks after his request to become the Nets' president of basketball operations, placing him above GM Billy King in the organization's hierarchy, was denied by Brooklyn's ownership group. Reports of tension between Kidd and King had surfaced at various points throughout the 2013-14 season, but the Nets ultimately won their first playoff series since 2007 before losing to the Heat in the conference semifinals.
After trading for Kidd, the Bucks fired their incumbent head coach, Larry Drew.