The second-year coach could be on the way out of Brooklyn.
The New York Post first reported that Kidd had approached Nets ownership to demand to be put in charge of basketball operations for the team.
Kidd, who guided the Nets to the playoff in his debut coaching season, requested to be elevated above current GM Billy King in the team's hierarchy.
His request was denied, however, and it now appears that his position in Brooklyn has become untenable. The Nets ownership reportedly did not want to hand such power to a coach with only one year's experience on the bench.
The team have already opened discussions with the Bucks over draft-pick compensation to be sent to Brooklyn in exchange for Kidd's signature.
Grantland's Zach Lowe is skeptical that Milwaukee would give up a first-round pick, and he says that front-offices around the league are blown away by Kidd's power play.
Will be blown away if Bucks give up 1st for Kidd. Given surplus of 2nds, if they really want him, hold strong on sending worst of those.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 29, 2014
Reaction pouring in from other 29 teams is mix of eye-rolling at Kidd, out-and-out laughter, shock even among cynics that he'd pull this.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 29, 2014
Very few coaches in the NBA have the power to control their team's basketball operations. Only the Spurs' Gregg Popovich, Pistons' Stan Van Gundy, Timberwolves' Flip Saunders and the Clippers’ Doc Rivers currently hold dual roles.
If Kidd is hired by the Bucks he will replace Larry Drew, who led the team to the worst record in the NBA in his first season in Milwaukee. The team's future is already looking brighter after selecting Jabari Parker with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, and now the Bucks appear set to hand the reigns to Kidd.