Sean Marks Rumors
In a fresh start for Russell and a golden opportunity for the Nets, Marks — whose team was an NBA-worst 20-62 last season — gladly gambled on a budding young star. But while Russell has proven he can score, now he has to show he can lead. “The leadership, that’s in his court,’’ Marks said. “We can certainly help him get there. In the position that he plays, you’ve got to be a leader to some extent. [Coach] Kenny [Atkinson] is going to rely on that position — Jeremy or D’Angelo — a lot, both of them to direct traffic out there and so forth.”
Anthony Puccio: Sullinger’s agent, David Falk, is also Otto Porter Jr.’s agent. Sean Marks already has a good history with him… (see: Porter’s contract)
It’s fair to say Sean Marks is in love with D’Angelo Russell. That’s the overwhelming takeaway from Sean Marks’ interview with Sirius XM NBA on Tuesday. Marks talked about just how excited he is about adding the 6’5” guard to the Nets’ “dynamic.” It’s more than his potential as a player, Marks said. “The more I get to know D’Angelo, the more I like the person.”
As the league descended upon Toronto for All-Star Weekend in February 2016, the Nets were leaning toward hiring Bryan Colangelo over Marks, according to sources familiar with the process. During All-Star Saturday night, Razumov and R.C. Buford, then Marks’ boss as the Spurs’ GM, had a long talk in the chairman’s suite inside the Air Canada Centre, according to several sources. Buford’s message was clear: The Spurs might not grant Marks permission to take the job unless he would get to do it his way. Several other executives, including Bob Myers, the Warriors’ GM, also praised Marks in chats with Razumov that weekend, sources say.
In addition to the two years and $30 million remaining on Carroll’s contract, the Nets are also swallowing the remaining $48 million over three years on Timofey Mozgov’s contract, and $20 million over three years on Andrew Nicholson’s deal (a low-key salary dump in the Bojan Bogdanovic trade). For their troubles, the Nets landed the no. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, D’Angelo Russell, the no. 22 pick in the 2017 draft, Jarrett Allen, and a first-rounder (lotto protected) and second-rounder in 2018. The Nets are harvesting youth, and aren’t afraid to pay to continue accumulating assets.