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Lionel Hollins Reaches Agreement in Principle to Be Nets' New Coach

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The Nets have a new coach.

The team said Wednesday that they reached an agreement in principle with Lionel Hollins, just two days after Jason Kidd left.

They will formally introduce him at a news conference Monday morning.

Hollins coached the Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals in 2013, but his contract was not renewed following a dispute with the team.

The Nets considered him for the job last year before hiring Kidd.

The 60-year-old played in the league for 10 years with five different teams and won an NBA title with Portland in 1977.

Kidd, meanwhile, was introduced Wednesday as the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.

He wouldn't say why he attempted to become head of player personnel in Brooklyn and why his agent asked the team for permission to talk to Milwaukee.

"I'm excited about this opportunity, and today is all about Milwaukee, and I'll be criticized about why Ilyasova didn't take the game-winning shot," Kidd said. "It just comes with the territory, and we move forward.

Kidd coached in Brooklyn for just one season and led the Nets into the second round of the playoffs.

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