Happy Monday, everyone. Free agency begins tonight — 11:01 p.m. Central Time, to be exact. There’s also a bit of news around the league concerning trades, involving both players and coaches, in fact.
Yes, the Jason Kidd saga that cropped up at the beginning of the weekend has apparently already been concluded. After making a failed bid for a raise and control over basketball operations for the Brooklyn Nets, Kidd has been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for two second-round picks.
I know what you’re thinking, and yes, the Bucks already have a coach. Poor Larry Drew was not kept in the loop at all by his employer, but he will indeed be out as head coach in Milwaukee after just one season. As NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner astutely points out, the Bucks’ new owners have risked a lot in allowing this awkward situation to play out in this manner.
Jason Kidd’s character will come out of this situation highly damaged, as his attempted power play to essentially take over the reigns of the entire Net’s organization does not look good to others around the league. It was an extremely vein thing to try and pull off, and shows a severe lack of self-awareness. Kidd should be embarrassed that he did this — one mediocre season of not meeting expectations is not enough to try and usurp one’s boss.
Elsewhere, the Atlanta Hawks cleared some cap space by shipping combo guard Louis Williams north to Toronto along with Lucas Nogueira for John Salmons and his non-guaranteed contract. He’ll be waived in short order, leaving Atlanta with north of $15 million in cap space entering free agency.
Your Minnesota Timberwolves essentially have zero room under the cap after their shopping spree of a year ago but they’ll be in touch with point guards Steve Blake and Shaun Livingston, according to Darren Wolfson. It’s likely that they have a deal in place to move J.J. Barea for minimal return in order to free the cap space, roster spot, and place on the depth chart for the new acquisition. Flip Saunders is obviously making plans to rid himself of Barea and bring in a less volatile/more productive backup for Ricky Rubio.
We’ll have free agency updates moving forward through the evening, just in case anything noteworthy breaks.