Josh Newman, Field ReporterAfter what has been a whirlwind start to the sixth week of the Nets’ search for a new head coach, it appears a favorite son and somewhat of a dark horse candidate is set to take the job.
Jason Kidd, who had emerged as a serious candidate for the position after a positive meeting with General Manager Billy King on Monday afternoon, has been offered the position according to Brian Geltzeiler. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports followed that a short time later by reporting Kidd had emerged as a strong frontrunner.
A source told SNY.tv that Kidd to the Nets is not done, but is ‘close.’ King and Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who was reportedly the No. 1 choice as recently as Monday, are still scheduled to meet in New York City on Wednesday.
There has been no indication as of yet that either side will pull out of the meeting, but Shaw has reportedly turned his attention to the Los Angeles Clippers’ vacancy. Shaw, an Oakland native, has deep ties in Los Angeles from his coaching and playing days with the Lakers. He met with Clippers brass on Monday.
If Kidd is indeed the pick, it would cap a search that dates back to May 5 when King announced that interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo would not be retained. After that decision was made, Phil Jackson told King he was not interested in a head coaching position, while Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge denied King permission to speak with Doc Rivers, who still has three years and $21 million left on the contract extension he signed two summers ago.
Jeff Van Gundy and Larry Brown were also contacted regarding the position, but as time passed, it became clear that King coveted Shaw. King received permission from Pacers President Donnie Walsh to speak with Shaw the day after the Pacers were eliminated from the postseason. King was denied permission to speak with then-Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins.
For what it’s worth, the Nets were slated to have media availability on Wednesday at noon in East Rutherford following a six-player pre-draft workout. The team sent an update approximately one hour after the Kidd news broke, changing the media availability to 11 a.m.
Josh Newman is SNYNets.com’s Field Reporter. Follow him on Twitter for up to the minute news and banter on all things related to the Brooklyn Nets and the NBA