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Thorn: Ownership Delay Won't Slow Nets...Much

Jeff Zelevansky
Jeff Zelevansky

Rod Thorn still hasn't gotten official word he will be renewed and ownership still hasn't passed from Bruce Ratner to Mikhail Prokhorov.  But the Nets president of basketball operations says he plans to be aggressive in pursuing both a new head coach and free agents.

"Yeah, I’m confident we’ll get it turned quickly, because we put ourselves in position just for this. But the real work starts right now," Thorn told Dave D'Alessandro.  As for the ownership transfer, now expected in May, Thorn said, he will  "treat everything like it’s going to get done — because it is going to happen soon— and act like business as usual."  He warned, however, that the competition for free agents will be intense, with "no slam dunk...There are a lot of people out there who have money."

One thing has been delayed, the pursuit of a head coach, but not by much, he said. He expects to have a new coach in place "sometime between mid-May and mid-June. ... I won’t say I’ll guarantee it, but I hope it would be before the draft."  Thorn said he has more than five prospects in mind.  He would not comment on Kiki Vandeweghe's status. One thing he knows as of Thursday morning: the Nets will have the 27th in the draft.  With Dallas beating San Antonio, the Mavericks pick will be #27.  No ties.