Jason Kidd will meet early this week with Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King to pitch himself as the team’s next head coach, according to sources close to the process.
Kidd’s meeting with King was originally scheduled as an open-ended discussion about potential employment with the Nets. But sources told ESPN.com on Sunday night that Kidd is determined to convince King that he is ready to make an immediate jump into coaching after retiring last week.
“Jason feels he’s really ready to do this,” one of his associates told ESPN.com.
Sources confirmed to ESPN.com that the Nets have indeed added Kidd to the list of candidates they’re considering to replace P.J. Carlesimo, who was ousted the day after Brooklyn’s first-round playoff elimination by Chicago.
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Kidd’s interest in the Nets’ position was first reported Sunday by Yahoo! Sports.
“There are some hurdles to overcome,” one source said of Kidd emerging as a serious contender for the post.
But Kidd’s history with the team — he led the Nets to two NBA Finals appearances when the franchise was based in New Jersey — and his close relationship with star guard Deron Williamscould bridge those gaps, another source said. Kidd — with no coaching experience at age 40 — only would be considered if he could assemble “an All-Star cast” of veteran assistants to support him, the source said.