Billy King Rumors
Sources say Calipari is fading despite in-house support from Nets CEO Brett Yormark, and ex-Hawks GM Danny Ferry is no longer a viable candidate despite support from the reassigned Billy King. Bryan Colangelo is still in the picture, as are Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas.
Behind the scenes, former GM Billy King has been pushing Ferry’s candidacy. King and Ferry played together at Duke and are lifelong friends. They both interviewed for the Nets’ GM job in 2010 before Ferry ultimately dropped out and went to Atlanta. And despite being demoted, King still manages to hold influence with owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s No. 2, Dmitry Razumov.
It also leads to cronyism in hiring. Loyalty is paramount. Few people hired in recent years don’t have a connection to Billy King. The two most recent hires, Rob Bender and Randy Ayers, both worked with King. Bender was an assistant coach at Duke when King was a player!
Anthony Puccio: Danny Ferry is a longtime friend of Billy King. Seen him at Barclays quite a few times this season. No surprise there
Sources told ESPN.com that the two-time former NBA Executive of the Year is high on the Nets’ list of potential targets to succeed Billy King, who was reassigned Sunday after a 5 1/2-year tenure marked by modest success and record-setting spending.