LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – Following the trade of coach Jason Kidd to Milwaukee, the Bucks and Nets are still massive long shots to win the 2015 NBA title.
The Bucks are sending two second-round picks to the Nets to secure the coaching rights of Kidd according to Marc Stein via Twitter. Brooklyn is rather fortunate to be getting anything in return for Kidd, who overplayed his hand while asking for so much control despite just one year of coaching experience. While he’s expected to have a big role in Milwaukee, Kidd will also have a less-talented roster to mold.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Nets are 60/1 to win the NBA title while the Bucks are currently 300/1 long shots. To put their odds in perspective, only the 76ers at 600/1 have worse odds than Milwaukee’s 300/1. The Kings, Jazz and Pistons are also long shots at 250/1, respectively.
It looked like the deal for Kidd had hit a snag when ESPN.com reported that the Bucks wanted to give the Nets a second-round pick for the right to hire the coach, but Brooklyn insisted on a first-rounder. Had the Bucks not agreed to send over two second-round picks for Kidd’s services, the coach would have been left out in the cold when it comes to finding a job.
In related news, the Bucks called a meeting with Larry Drew earlier Monday morning and subsequently fired him an hour later. Drew lead the team to the worst record in the NBA although he should find a job as an assistant elsewhere.