With Jason Kidd on the job, Brooklyn Nets pushing for assistants

Christian Petersen

Jason Kidd was dressed in sweats Monday as the Nets worked out and interviewed six draft prospects, including first round possibilities Tony Mitchell of North Texas State and C.J. Leslie of North Carolina State. Leslie actually didn't work out but the big news may be going on behind the scenes.

The Nets are talking to at least one assistant coaching candidate, Roy Rogers, Mike Mazzeo reports

Adrian Wojnarowski reported at 1:52 p.m. that early reports out of Phoenix that had big man coach Roy Rogers headed there may be inaccurate.

An hour later, Paul Coro, a Suns beat writer, said Phoenix is no longer interested in Rogers.

The Nets have said they want to move quickly on recruiting assistants, but names have been hard to come by ... other than Lawrence Frank, who Kidd openly said he is trying to recruit as his lead assistant. Rogers worked with Frank in both New Jersey and Detroit. Rogers successor as big man coach, Popeye Jones, continues to work with Nets draft prospects. However, Mario Elie has not and in a weekend ad for his hoops camp, played down his Nets connection.

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