After getting Eric Hughes and Sean Sweeney to join him in Milwaukee, Jason Kidd has spoken with the two senior NBA assistants remaining from his Nets staff.
Jason Kidd told me he's reached out to Joe Prunty and John Welch about joining his staff in Milwaukee, and is waiting to hear from them.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 2, 2014
Welch is supposed to be helping run the Nets Summer League team, while Prunty is preparing to go coach Great Britain this summer.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 2, 2014
Of course, the final decision about whether to let Welch and Prunty go is likely to Lionel Hollins. He would have the right, under normal circumstances, to choose his own assistants and in fact Peter Vecsey writes he may have his eye on a big name lead assistant.
Billy King made it unanimous: now nobody in NBA takes my advice. Good news is, Hollins is seriously considering hiring Westphal as top aide— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) July 2, 2014
In Memphis, Hollins relied on Henry Bibby, the ex-Knick who's now on the Pistons coaching staff.
If Welch, who long served as offensive coordinator for George Karl, and Prunty, who's been an assistant in several NBA locales, do leave, the Nets would still be on the hook for another two years with Jim Sann and Roy Rogers. And of course, what to do with Lawrence Frank. His defensive mindset might appeal to Hollins, but would Frank take anything other than the lead assistant's role.