Click bait less broWhen the Brooklyn Nets fired Lionel Hollins and reassigned Billy King, the team was put in an odd position, left without a general manager and legitimate head coach for the team. After two weeks of searching for King’s successor as GM, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Nets have narrowed down their search to four “serious” candidates for the position.
Two Western Conference executives have moved into prominent consideration with Bryan Colangelo and Danny Ferry for the Brooklyn Nets’ general manager job, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and Houston Rockets executive VP of basketball operations Gersson Rosas have emerged as serious candidates in the process, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Nets have expressed a desire to have a GM in place prior to the Feb. 18 trade deadline, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Formal interviews are expected to begin in early February.
Former Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns general manager Bryan Colangelo, the two-time executive of the year, has emerged as one of the top candidates for the Nets. If the Nets are looking for an experienced General Manager to be King’s successor, there aren’t many candidates that have as much experience and success as Colangelo.
Danny Ferry, a long-time friend of Billy King with a proven track record as a GM for the Atlanta Hawks, stepped down as GM in 2014 in the wake of a racial controversy. With Billy King helping the Nets find the team’s next successor as General Manager, Danny Ferry’s chances to be the team’s next GM are high.
Denver Nuggets assistant GM Artiras Karnisovas reportedly has some ties with Prokhorov’s inner circle.
Karnisovas and Rosas fit the Nets’ desire to have a more global scouting focus, something ownership believes was lacking under the previous regime. The Nets are severely limited in draft picks over the next several years, and will need to be creative in reshaping a floundering roster.
Karnisovas, a native of Lithuania, speaks several languages, including Russian, and has strong relationships with the members of owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s extended sporting inner-circle. Karnisovas was a college star at Seton Hall University, and has polished a strong global basketball résumé that includes jobs in the NBA’s league office, director of scouting with the Rockets’ front office, and currently as assistant GM with the Nuggets. Karnisovas spent two years as USA Basketball’s global basketball scout.
The final candidate listed is Gersson Rosas, Houston Rockets Executive VP of Basketball Operations. He reportedly has close ties with two potential head coach candidates, Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau.
Each candidate brings something unique to the table and it should be interesting to see who the Nets go with for the General Manager position.