“That’s in the hands of the front office,” Antetokounmpo said. “Whatever they think or they can do to make this team better and make this team a championship-level team — it can happen. If it’s me being traded or the coach being fired or whatever move they think is the right move to make this a championship-level team, I think is the right move for it to happen.”
After a rough finish to last season, Kidd’s future with the Bucks was reportedly on thin ice. Mark Feldmann of The Journal Times writes that Kidd had strained relationships with several players — including some issues with Antetokounmpo — and lost the support of ownership. A far cry from 2014 when Kidd left the big market Nets to take the helm of a small market team searching for an identity.
Kidd’s future as a coach is currently a mystery. On Thursday, Kidd made his first public comments since he was fired as he proclaimed Milwaukee’s future is bright.
“I would like to thank Milwaukee Bucks fans, ownership, staff and most of all the players for the last four years,” he tweeted. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to be your head coach. The future is bright for Milwaukee.”
Joe Prunty, an assistant on Kidd’s staff, was named the interim coach. Numerous candidates have been linked to the Bucks’ coaching gig, but it is possible Prunty is hired full-time after the season.