Brett Yormark Rumors
The Brooklyn Nets will begin formally interviewing candidates for their general manager vacancy on Monday, sources told ESPN.com. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will be in attendance, as will the other members of the team’s GM search committee: Nets chairman of the board of directors Dmitry Razumov, trusted Russian basketball confidant Sergey Kushchenko, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Brett Yormark and president of ONEXIM Sports & Entertainment Irina Pavlova.
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.
Durant is represented by Roc Nation Sports and Jay Z. And which team did the hip-hop mogul turned power agent formerly hold a minority ownership stake in? The Nets. Now, let’s add this: The president/chief of branding and strategy of Roc Nation is Michael Yormark. Who is his twin brother? CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Brett Yormark. Other potential enticing factors could include: the New York market and a chance to play home games in a topflight $1 billion arena; the potential for a prideful player such as Durant to be the top dog in town; and the opportunity to potentially play with more of a pass-first type of point guard, whom the Nets would have to acquire via free agency or trade.
All indications are the Nets, with a search committee including Board of Directors chairman Dmitry Razumov, board member Sergey Kushchenko, CEO Brett Yormark and Irina Pavlova, president of Onexim Sports and Entertainment, want candidates with extensive NBA experience. Calipari’s first tenure with the Nets ended disastrously, and he has tweeted out his intentions to remain at Kentucky. As one NBA type said, “The longer the search goes, the more Calipari becomes an option.”
The Nets, sources say, have been drawn to Colangelo because of his strong track record in building contenders in both Phoenix and Toronto as well as his varied experiences over more than two decades in the league. Nets CEO Brett Yormark acknowledged in a radio interview this week on WFAN radio that he would have interest in bringing back Kentucky’s John Calipari to the Nets in a dual coaching and executive role, but Yormark also acknowledged in the interview that it would take “a lot” to get him away from Kentucky.
One of the major influences in the search process promises to be Nets CEO Brett Yormark, who has remained an immense ally of Kentucky coach John Calipari since Calipari’s late 1990s tenure as Nets president and coach.