Milton Lee Rumors
But the deal with Boston was different. It was backed by logic — albeit flawed in retrospect — and lauded at the time as pushing the Nets into real contention. King had even gone around the room that evening asking about the proposal. There wasn’t much, if any, dissension. According to a report on Netsdaily.com, Milton Lee, the GM of the franchise’s D-League affiliate, represented the lone vocal opposition. “Looking back, my one regret — and I know Billy gets a lot of arrows for the swap rights for this year — was that I shouldn’t have done the swap, or that I should’ve put some type of protection on the swap there looking back on everything,” Marks said. “It wasn’t just Billy. This was a group decision here. This was the group in the room.”
Adam Ratner is also an addition to the basketball operations staff. He will work with Milton Lee, who oversees the Nets D-League affiliate. Ratner is the son of the CEO of Forest City Enterprises, Forest City Ratner’s corporate parent, and Bruce Ratner’s cousin.
While the Memphis Grizzlies continue to search for their next head coach, they’re looking at making a front-office addition as well. They have received permission to speak with Brooklyn Nets director of basketball operations Milton Lee, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks.
An interview date has not yet been set, but the Grizzlies are looking to bolster the leadership in their front office and are considering Lee for a senior executive position. Lee has headed the Nets’ analytics research for general manager Billy King and assistant general manager Bobby Marks.
The New Jersey Nets signed veteran free agent forward Joe Smith to a one-year contract and hired Milton Lee as director of basketball operations on Friday. Smith received the veteran minimum of $1.352 million, the team said. The first pick overall in the 1995 draft, Smith is joining his 11th team in a 15-year NBA career. He appeared in 64 games with Atlanta last season, averaging 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds.