12:43pm: Kidd hopes to be at practice Monday and coach in Tuesday’s game versus Orlando, a source indicates to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Twitter link).
9:36am: Bucks coach Jason Kidd will return to the team next week, sources tell Marc Stein of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Kidd has been away on a leave of absence for the past month as he’s recovered from surgery on his right hip. He’s coming back ahead of schedule, Stein writes, though he initially reported that Kidd would be out an estimated four to six weeks, a timetable that appears to have proven accurate. Stein says Kidd will retake the reigns once the Bucks return from their road trip, which concludes with games Friday at Houston and Saturday at New Orleans. Milwaukee plays at home Tuesday against the Magic.
Kidd also exerts player personnel control, though it’s unclear if he ceased his front office duties while on leave from coaching. Assistant coach Joe Prunty has been serving as interim head coach, and he’s said that he and the rest of the coaching staff have kept in close contact with Kidd during his absence.
Milwaukee appeared the likely destination for trade candidate Caron Butler at the time Kidd went out, but the Bucks have reportedly cooled on Butler in the meantime. Kidd and GM John Hammond reportedly met with Carlos Boozer shortly before Kidd’s leave began, and while it appears the team more recently took a second meeting with the veteran power forward, he remains unsigned.
The Bucks are a disappointing 19-25 this season, but they’re 8-7 under Prunty and have won three in a row. They’re three and a half games behind the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.