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Jones Confirms Move to New Jersey as one of Johnson's Assistants

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A second spot on the Nets' bench has been filled. Marc Spears first reported, and Dallas Basketball's Mike Fisher has confirmed that Popeye Jones, Avery Johnson's big man coach in Dallas, is coming to New Jersey as an assistant.  Jones was one of the NBA's fiercest rebounders during an 11-year NBA career.  He's spent the last four years working in Dallas.

Other candidates for bench jobs include former Raptors' head coach Sam Mitchell, Blazer assistant Joe Prunty, and former Piston Darvin Ham.  The Nets have yet to say how many assistants Johnson will be permitted to hire.  Last year, the Nets had the fewest number of assistant coaches...and at the lowest salaries. 

Johnson has said he wants to announce his staff early next month.  When Al Iannazzone asked him last week if Mitchell and Prunty would be on his staff, Johnson replied, "one is" a good name.