Both NetsDaily and ESPN hear that two-time NBA Executive of the Year Bryan Colangelo is starting to emerge as a serious candidate for the Nets GM job.
As we tweeted out early Wednesday...
Even before "staff changes," we put Bryan Colangelo near top of our list of potential GMs. See no reason to change that. Watch this space— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) January 13, 2016
Meanwhile, ESPN's Marc Stein and Mike Mazzeo reports that Colangelo is "getting strong consideration" and "has quickly emerged as a serious candidate should the Nets go the route of hiring a proven NBA executive to succeed King and then pursue one of the top of available coaches."
Colangelo, 50, would go a long way to restoring the Nets credibility in the NBA and could help the franchise fill out the front office and coaching staffs. His father, who hired him as GM of the Suns, was recently hired as chairman of basketball operations in Philadelphia. In recent years, Bryan Colangelo has consulted with NBA front offices and Maple Leaf Sports, owners of the Raptors and NHL Maple Leafs.
Here's what we wrote about Colangelo as a GM candidate even before Prokhorov fired Lionel Hollins and reassigned Billy King...
--Bryan Colangelo. If the guys down the Turnpike can hire Jerry Colangelo, what about the Nets signing his son, Bryan. Bryan hasn't worked in the NBA in three years since Masai Ujiri replaced him in Toronto ... and his time there was up and down. He did draft Andrea Bargnani but also won Executive of the Year in Toronto as he did in Phoenix, assembling that seven seconds or less gang. You could do worse.
In discussing his plan to replace Hollins and King, Prokhorov said he planned to be methodical. But sometimes, executive searches end quickly when an organization and an individual click.
Later, Mitch Lawrence of The Sporting News tweeted that Nets had "reached out" to Tom Thibodeau...
The Nets have reached out to Tom Thibodeau about coming to Brooklyn to coach their team, per NBA sources.— Mitch Lawrence (@Mitch_Lawrence) January 13, 2016
Stein and Mazzeo listed Thibodeau as a possible coaching candidate as well.
Here is a complete chronology of every Colangelo transaction in both Phoenix and Toronto.
- Brooklyn Nets considering Bryan Colangelo for general manager role - Marc Stein & Mike Mazzeo - ESPN
- The Brooklyn Nets are a bigger problem than the Philadelphia 76ers - Kevin Pelton - ESPN Insider
- Report: Nets have "strong interest" in Brian Colangelo for GM position - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game