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Bondy: Nets close to signing Eric Hughes as an assistant coach

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Stefan Bondy reported on Twitter that according to sources, the Nets are close to signing Eric Hughes as an assistant coach on Jason Kidd's staff.

Hughes has been an Assistant Coach and Player Development coach for the Toronto Raptors since the 2007-08 season (with players like Ed Davis, Terrence Ross,DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Andrea Bargnani, and others). Prior to that he worked for Goodwin Sports Management, since 2002, and developed training programs for young players, such as Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Al Horford,Nate Robinson and Rodney Stuckey.

Prior to that, Hughes coached at Spokane Community College and was an assistant at the University of Washington and also at the University of California, from 1991-93, in which he was there for Jason Kidd's freshman season.

Hughes' strength is in his player development, which seems to be a priority for the Nets in the 2013-14 season.

Raptors HQ did an interview with Hughes this past summer, in which he talked about the development of the young players in Toronto. It's an interesting read to get Hughes' perspective on development.