Kidd has convinced Nets management of his seriousness of committing the time and energy necessary to move into a head coaching job within weeks of his retirement as a 10-time NBA All-Star point guard, league sources said.
The Nets could make a decision within the next several days, and Kidd's candidacy has been a consideration for the past two to three weeks, league sources said.
Nets ownership has long been intrigued with making a star hire in the coaching spot, and Kidd's history with the franchise and standing in the sport's history makes him an even more attractive candidate.
Kidd is competing with Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw for the job now, sources said. Nets GM Billy King met with Kidd on Monday, and will interview Shaw on Wednesday.
Kidd, one of the best point guards in NBA history, is trying to make the rare leap from the playing floor to the sideline. Kidd has been leaning on his former Nets coach, Lawrence Frank, for insight into the total responsibilities of the head coach, but Frank is nowhere near committing to the possibility of joining Kidd as his top assistant coach, league sources said.
Frank is owed more than $4 million over the next two years as part of his Detroit Pistons buyout, and has started down the path of working as a basketball analyst on television next season. Frank still lives with his family in Northern New Jersey, and had to return home several times during the past season with Detroit to provide support for health issues within his household.
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