Jason Kidd is working on a deal to become the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Wednesday.
Citing an unnamed source described as "familiar with the negotiations," Joseph A. Gambardello of the Inquirer reported that the deal is expected to be for three years and that an announcement is expected this week.
Another candidate for the Nets job, Brian Shaw, was still meeting with the team on Wednesday, according to the New York Post. Fred Kerber of the Post also reported that the Nets had "the parameters for a three-year deal in place" for Kidd, citing an unnamed source.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on Sunday that Kidd, who retired earlier in June after one season with the New York Knicks, was pursuing the Nets' head coaching job and was even "working to identify a staff of assistant coaches."
Kidd met with Nets general manager Billy King on Monday to and was viewed as the leading candidate, according to the New York Post.
Before Game 2 of the NBA Finals, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich expressed confidence that Kidd would be able to make the transition to coaching.
"Well, you know, I think of course it's an individual thing, but when you've played in the league as long as Jason has and played for a number of coaches, he's pretty much seen everything that the NBA can offer. So he does have experience," said Popovich, via the Associated Press.
Kidd played 19 seasons in the NBA, six of them wearing a New Jersey Nets uniform. He led the Nets to two straight NBA Finals appearances and currently ranks second in career assists in NBA history.
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