Mikhail Prokhorov Rumors
Team owner Mikhail Prokhorov will be on hand when the Nets officially open their new $50 million HSS Training Center in Industry City, Brooklyn, on Wednesday and, as one source confirmed, the Russian billionaire is expected to be personally involved with the process of interviewing GM candidates while in town next week.
There remains a chance that the team will hire its next GM in the coming days but, according to the source, no specific deadline is in place. And as usual, major moves are unlikely to happen around Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Toronto—a game that will be played without any members of the 14-40 Nets.
The candidates have varying degrees of front-office experience, but all share one characteristic with the Nets’ owner: a solid background in international basketball. That is not an accident. Without full control of a first-round draft pick until 2019, the Nets’ immediate future will depend on their next general manager’s ability to obtain talent using atypical methods. As always, it is best to emulate the San Antonio Spurs, a team with an uncanny ability to unearth useful players without the apparent assets to do so.
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.