Bryan Colangelo 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.
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.
As the Nets search for their new general manager, Bryan Colangelo continues to emerge as a top candidate. He’s a two-time NBA Executive of the Year, and players and coaches from those rebuilding jobs in Phoenix and here with the Raptors showered him with praise as an honest straight-shooter who could do it a third time in Brooklyn. “Oh, man he’s one of the most stand-up guys I’ve known, ever met coming into the business,’’ DeMar DeRozan said before the Raptors’ 112-100 victory over the Nets on Monday night.
Colangelo would be required to do another serious rebuild with the Nets, who are headed for the lottery this season — though they don’t have their draft pick, which goes to Boston as part of the ill-fated trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The Nets do not control their own first-round pick until 2019. “Whoever gets [the Nets’ GM job] has a horrible chore ahead of him,” one opposing executive said. “For the next three years, they’ll be holding on for dear life.”