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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.
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.
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.
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.
“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: 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.
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 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.
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.
Sources told 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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