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NBA Coaching Carousel: Nets hires Kidd, Rivers Out In Boston?

Jason Kidd reaches deal to coach Nets

Jason Kidd has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Brooklyn Nets, as reported by Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.com.

Kidd, 40, only announced his retirement last week, and immediately expressed interest in the Net's coaching vacancy. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King considered Kidd strongly from the beginning, envisioning him to follow Golden State Warriors' coach Mark Jackson's footsteps.

The Jason Kidd hire for the Nets is high-profile but risky. Although Kidd is an iconic figure in the Nets franchise (playing for them from 2001-2008), and a sure-fire hall-of-famer, he has no experience on the bench and Brooklyn needs to surround him with experience for Kidd to succeed.

Kidd's contract is expected to be three years guaranteed, with a team option for the fourth year.

What's next for Brian Shaw?

Now that Brian Shaw, previously considered the Net's top coaching candidate, is out of the picture in Brooklyn, where will he land?

Shaw is almost certain to land a head coaching job next years, with teams like the Clippers, Grizzlies, and Nuggets as the frontrunners for Shaw's services.

Is Doc Rivers out in Boston?

While Danny Ainge, the Celtics team president, has insisted that Rivers is coming back to coach next year, Rivers has hinted that "it's time for a change", according to ESPN.com.

Rivers has three years, $21 million dollars left on his contract. If he chooses to walk away from this contract, he would instantly become the most coveted coach on the market. The Nets and the Clippers have both asked for permission to speak to Rivers, but Ainge declined both teams.

Although Ainge clearly wants to keep Rivers, he will most likely allow Rivers to leave if he asks to, due to their close relationship. Rivers's departure will almost definitely mean the start of rebuilding in Beantown. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are both on the last leg of their careers, and it is unclear if Garnett will even return to play next year (he has hinted at retirement).

The Celtics front office would love for Rivers to return and guide Boston through the rebuilding process, but at this point, it seems likely that the Celtics will have to move on without him.

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