Arturas Karnisovas Rumors
Howard Beck: Lots of intrigue/speculation about Nets GM search among team execs here in Toronto. General consensus is Bryan Colangelo gets the nod. But there’s also a strong sense that DEN’s Arturas Karnisovas has a strong shot. Highly regarded, and speaks Russian, which helps with owner. That’s led to speculation that Nets could go with a Colangelo-Karnisovas combo, which would make a lot of sense.
The Brooklyn Nets’ braintrust will meet this weekend and get down to a short list of two or three candidates for its general manager opening, a league source told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. The frontrunners are believed to be two-time executive of the year Bryan Colangelo, Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks.
The Nuggets New York trip comes at a good time for assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas. He’s expected to interview with the Brooklyn Nets for their vacant general manger job while here. Then, he’ll get an up-close look at the Nets when the Nuggets face them on Monday night. Karnisovas has been one of the hottest names in the circles of up-and-coming executives ready to take the next step to general manger. He’s been with the Nuggets since 2013, arriving with Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly.
The Nets have sought and received permission to interview Gersson Rosas and Arturas Karnisovas, the No. 2’s in the Rockets and Nuggets front offices respectively, for the vacant GM job in Brooklyn. Both men have been identified as serious candidates for the job vacated by Billy King last month.
Earlier, the Nets received permission from Denver to talk with Karnisovas. Both Rosas and Karnisovas are under contract. So, the Nets had to seek permission to interview them. Most assistant GMs have an “out” in their contract permitting them to leave before the expiration of their deals. It’s not known if either has been interviewed. Rosas, 37, and Karnisovas, 44, were identified by Adrian Wojnarowski last week as among four serious candidates for the GM job. Bryan Colangelo and Danny Ferry were identified as the others.