The Nets will introduce Kidd as their coach during a Thursday news conference in Brooklyn. Kidd's contract is expected to be guaranteed for three seasons with a possible fourth-year team option, league sources said. Kidd, 40, makes the leap out of a Hall Fame playing career and onto the bench next season. It's a daring move for the Nets that promises to energize their fan base.
Kidd led the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals as a player and is now interested in replacing P.J. Carlesimo, the person tells The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not discussing its search.
Kidd is one of the greatest point guards in league history but struggled in the playoffs shortly after turning 40. He had two years left on the deal he signed last summer. Kidd won an NBA title and two Olympic gold medals and is second on the career list in assists and steals. He was a 10-time All-Star.
Kidd has a bruised left wrist for New York, but X-rays to the left wrist are negative.
Kidd is being replaced by James White on Friday night. Kidd, who turns 40 later this month, had started 48 of the other 49 games he appeared in this season for New York. But Knicks coach Mike Woodson says he's making the move to get Kidd more chances ``to run our team'' with the second unit, rather than needing to share the ball with Felton on the first unit. Kidd is averaging 6.8 points and 3.5 assists in 27.5 minutes this season.
Kidd was sidelined for Wednesday night's game against Orlando. The point guard, who sat out the second half of Sunday's win over Atlanta, was again out with a sore lower back.
It was an all-around throwback performance for Kidd against one of his former teams as he added eight assists and six rebounds.
Kidd has missed the last four games with lower back spasms. He's averaging 8.0 points and 3.4 assists per game this season for New York (12-4).
Attorney Edward Burke Jr. spoke Wednesday outside Southampton Town Court. Kidd said "good morning'' to reporters outside court but did not speak during his brief procedural appearance. Kidd was arrested in July, days after signing with the Knicks. He suffered minor injuries when the vehicle hit the pole and veered into the woods in the hamlet of Water Mill. The misdemeanor charge carries the potential for up to a year in jail.
Police say Kidd was alone in the Cadillac Escalade when it hit a pole and veered into the woods around 2 a.m. Sunday in the hamlet of Water Mill. The Knicks signed the 39-year-old Kidd in free agency this week. He'd played for the Dallas Mavericks since 2008.