Chris Mannix: Nets announce a slew of front office additions, including Natalie Jay, a former federal court law clerk and the team's new cap specialist.
Frank Zanin: I would like to thank the Brooklyn Nets for allowing me to be a part of their organization for the past six years. After speaking with Sean this morning I have decided to step I down from my position of Assistant GM. This will allow Sean to fill out his staff and give me a chance to pursue other opportunities.
But with basically every team in the league having enough money to offer a fat contract to at least one player, the Nets will have plenty of competition for basically everyone they try to sign – and almost all of that competition will present a better option for winning in the short-term than Brooklyn can. That’s why both the Nets — before hiring Marks — and Marks — since being hired — have talked about trying to find players in Europe and other undervalued markets to work around this.
Jeff Zillgitt: Nets hire Trajan Langdon as assistant general manager. Was Cavs' director of player administration and before that a Spurs scout.
At the same time, said a league source familiar with the process, Buford was recommending Marks to the Nets. Buford is good friends with Sergey Kushchenko, a member of the Nets board and a member of the Nets selection committee.
In his first interview as Nets GM --with a New Zealand radio station-- on Thursday afternoon Sean Marks said that Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford of the Spurs encouraged him to interview for the Brooklyn job.
Mike Mazzeo: Dmitry Razumov is proud of the Nets' GM search process that led them to Sean Marks. Praises Marks' personality and variety of experience. Also comes from a great culture in San Antonio. Was a unanimous decision. Dmitry Razumov says committee knew right away.
Tim Bontemps: Sean Marks: "I hope to use all I've learned and bring it to New Jersey ..." ... Marks apparently doesn't know about the new facility yet.
Alex Raskin: #Nets GM Sean Marks on leaving the #Spurs last night: "they quickly got me out of the room."
Ohm Youngmisuk: Sean Marks says the vision "is to evaluate immediately." Marks says young players will be developed this season. https://t.co/JstnRimKpW
Mike Mazzeo: New Nets GM Sean Marks says he's realistic about the challenges ahead but has a clear vision for the future.
Anthony Puccio: Sean Marks on lack of draft picks: "There's other way places and other ways you can build a team." Mentioned free agency, D-League, Euro talent.
Mike Mazzeo: Dmitry Razumov says the process of selecting the next Nets' coach will be driven by GM Sean Marks but it appears there will be input from ownership as well much like GM selection process.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Nets GM Sean Marks says coaching search will be "worldwide" when asked if he will hire an international head coach. https://t.co/T86nnb9BVX
Mike Mazzeo: Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks signed a four-year contract in excess of $9 million, a league source told ESPN.
“Anybody that’s coming from the Spurs organization is definitely a great hire [judging] from what they’ve done in the past 20, 25 years,” Nets power forward Thaddeus Young said. “They’ve had a great organization, they’ve won championship after championship, always have produced a great team, and they have great people within the organization, great basketball minds.”
Nets Daily: Any deal put together by (lame duck GM) Zanin would likely be run past Marks and/or Razumov and Prokhorov who are still in town.
Paul Coro: Sean "Kiwi" Marks didn't play much in 2 Suns seasons (2006-08) but he was one of the most liked & respected players. twitter.com/wojverticalnba…
Nets Daily: One coach has ties to both Prokhorov and Marks: Ettore Messina who Marks works with in SA and who was Prokhorov's coach at CSKA Moscow.
Jeff Zillgitt: Nets asst. GM Frank Zanin has been taking calls from teams and compiling trade offers. Let's see if Nets pull trigger on one before deadline
Zach Lowe: Quite a turnaround for the Nets. Excited to see how Sean does in the job. Good guy, super well-respected around the league.
Chris Broussard: Nets obviously excited about new GM Sean Marks. They hope to model themselves after the Spurs. Smart move, but easier said than done
The Brooklyn Nets have hired San Antonio Spurs executive Sean Marks as the team's general manager. The Nets and Marks agreed to a four-year contract, league sources told The Vertical.
In discussions that extended to Wednesday night, the Nets significantly increased their contract offer to persuade Marks to accept the job, league sources said.
Marc Stein: Criticized Prokhorov yesterday but gotta be props today. Luring Marks out of San Antonio when Spurs badly wanted him to stay ... it's a win
The Brooklyn Nets made an overnight push Wednesday in their attempt to hire Sean Marks as general manager, improving their offer and negotiating with the San Antonio Spurs' assistant general manager late into the night, sources told ESPN. The Nets hope to have a resolution to their pursuit by Friday, a team source told ESPN's Chris Broussard.
The latest effort came amid growing concern within the Nets organization that they would be unable to lure Marks from the Spurs, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets are well aware Marks is wrestling with the decision after emerging as the team's top choice. Sources said Wednesday that the Spurs remained hopeful of persuading him to stay put.
Jeff Zillgitt: If this is the guy the Nets want, Prokhorov, I've been told, will at least keep raising amount of money offered. twitter.com/ESPNNewYork/st…
Chris Broussard: Nets' negotiated late into the night with Sean Marks about their GM job. Resolution expected within next 24 hours, source says.
After the Brooklyn Nets made an initial contract offer to Sean Marks to become the franchise’s general manager on Tuesday, team officials and the San Antonio Spurs’ assistant general manager continued discussions on deal terms and organizational responsibilities on Wednesday, league sources told The Vertical.
Two-time NBA executive of the year Bryan Colangelo and Houston vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas are also finalists in the process, sources said.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets are well aware Marks is wrestling mightily with the decision after emerging as the team's top choice. But sources said Wednesday that the Spurs remained hopeful of convincing him to stay put.
Devin Kharpertian: When asked about Sean Marks, Prokhorov said “I never heard his name.” Asked about the Knicks: "I never heard about this team."
Tim Bontemps: Multiple people around the league have said Sean Marks has passed on Nets GM job. When asked about it directly, the Nets declined comment.
Mitch Lawrence: Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks is leaning toward not taking the Brooklyn Nets GM job, per NBA sources.
Nets Daily: In TV interview last year, Sean Marks said, "I'd love to be a GM, whether its the Spurs or wherever." tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport…
Mikhail Prokhorov: The problem for the Nets has been lack of concept. In-stead of being opportunistic, working all the angles and trades, we must have a strategy about the team’s identity. Do we want to be choosy and wait for a star player to build around, maybe sacrificing a season to get him? Do we want to focus on the power of the whole by choosing young players with specific talents to work together? Will we choose mettle, commitment and heart over pure stats? Are we offense-based or defense-based? What are the core capabilities we will focus on to win in the long term? These are the questions that must be answered before any other decisions are made, and these are the questions at the top of the agenda for the new management team.
Mikhail Prokhorov: Not everyone is made to play in Brooklyn. One of the very important things we’ve learned. The fans are rightfully de-manding, the market is high pressure and the media is do-ing their job and paying attention. We need coaches and players who reflect this, who are tough, and have a win-ning attitude with total commitment. This means we look for a team of people with a real passion to be here, and we don’t pull teeth trying to convince them. It’s an honor to play for Brooklyn. Period.
The Brooklyn Nets have offered their general manager's job to San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks, league sources told The Vertical. Marks, 40, has emerged as the Nets' choice through a two-month process, but there's no assurance they will come to terms on an agreement.
Nevertheless, Nets ownership and top officials are enamored with the Spurs way and Marks' candidacy rose quickly in the process. Marks is a native of New Zealand who played 12 years in the NBA. He has worked as a front-office executive and an assistant coach with the Spurs since returning to the organization in 2013.
The Nets will work hard to convince Marks to take the job, but three other candidates – including Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas, two-time NBA executive of the year Bryan Colangelo and Houston vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas – could still re-emerge in the process.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Brooklyn Nets have offered the job of general manager to San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks, league sources tell @The Vertical.
One thing that has become apparent: The next GM will not have unilateral control in hiring the Nets' next coach, sources said. The organization plans to pursue a coach through the elaborate committee that it has assembled to interview GM candidates. The GM will have input, but the Nets want to hire a significant presence as head coach – among a pool of candidates that they hope includes Van Gundy, Thibodeau and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina.
“We have many young, good players but no one knows who will stay or be traded," Bojan Bogdanovic said.
Marc Stein: I never believed they could lure Buford out of San Antonio, but Nets are clearly fans of Spurs model. Hence Sean Marks' rise as a candidate
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.
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.
The Nets conducted interviews from Monday to Wednesday -- and in addition to Colangelo, Karnisovas and Marks, that list is believed to have also included Houston Rockets vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, former Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry, Indiana Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, former Cleveland Cavaliers GM Chris Grant and Brooklyn assistant GM Frank Zanin.
Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and his search committee were in town this week to conduct interviews, talking with up to 10 prospective candidates. They’re having a second round of interviews, and — after a brief return to Russia — they could hold even more next week and have a GM in place before Wednesday’s opening of their new $50 million HSS Training Center in Industry City. “We’ve finished our first round of homework, now we’re onto the second — the short list,’’ Prokhorov told ESPN after Wednesday’s game.
The Nets’ search for a general manager is moving along, but sources say no decision is imminent. Those sources told The Post that Brooklyn isn’t expected to hire a GM until early next week, and with so little time before next Thursday’s trade deadline, no major deals are likely to be made.
Sources also insist Prokhorov prefers avoiding a drastic makeover at the Feb. 18 trade deadline, and that any deals executed by the incoming GM would be small in nature.
September 17, 2021 | 5:16 pm EDT Update
The Denver Nuggets have signed forward Petr Cornelie to a two-way contract, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
The word in Spanish basketball circles, as reiterated to me Friday, is that Marc Gasol is most likely to play for Girona if he decides to play on, even though the LEB Oro is one level below Spain’s top tier. I’m told he has been working out with new Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio to stay sharp even after negotiating his release earlier this week from Memphis following the Grizzlies’ recent trade with the Lakers to take on the final year of Gasol’s last NBA contract.
Ballots for the NBA’s 75th anniversary team were due back to the league office today. The league previously announced that the official list of its 75 greatest players, as selected by “a blue-ribbon panel of media, current and former players, coaches, general managers and team executives,” will be revealed in October. The voters will also be revealed — not their full individual ballots but the names of those who made the selections.
Mark Berman: New #Rockets star Jalen Green throwing out the first pitch before the Astros play Arizona.
September 17, 2021 | 3:51 pm EDT Update
After securing the arrival of Mario Hezonja, Russian team UNICS Kazan will announce soon the signing of former NBA guard OJ Mayo.
UNICS Kazan is adding one more marquee name to its roster with O.J.Mayo having a one-year deal with the Russian club. While there’s no signed contract yet, that seems to be more a formality delayed by bureaucratic reasons.
Chris Grenham: Former Hawks guard Brandon Goodwin tells me he worked out with Celtics this week. There is no training camp agreement between Boston and Goodwin yet, but there is interest from both sides. Goodwin played in 47 games with Atlanta last year, averaging 4.9 points and 2.0 assists.