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DeMar DeRozan endorses Bryan Colangelo for Nets job

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Well, it might not be a game-changer, but it couln't hurt.

DeMar DeRozan, who could wind up as the Nets most realistic free agent target, had nothing but praise for his former boss, Bryan Colangelo.

"Oh, man he’s one of the most stand-up guys I’ve known, ever met coming into the business,’’ said DeRozan of the man who drafted him.

"He gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, you know? And I credit a lot of my success to him," DeRozan told Brian Lewis and Andy Vasquez. "[He’s] one of those stand-up honest guys. [He’ll] work extremely hard, and wants the best for whatever organization and players that he’s working for."

Masai Ujiri, who started as Colangelo's deputy and is now Raptor GM, also talked about his former boss's work ethic.

"He’s one of the hardest working guys in the business," Ujiri told Vasquez. "He’s very knowledgeable, very experienced and he has a will to win. Basketball is his life and he takes this very seriously.

"I learned so much from him," Ujiri continued. "He’s a creative guy. I think Bryan is somebody that, he’s just somebody that knows how to lead and he definitely deserves to be a leader in our league."

Colangelo, who won executive of the year twice -- once each with the Suns and the Raptors, is seen as a serious candidate for the Nets GM job.  The only other name to leak is that of Danny Ferry, the former Hawks GM. John Calipari, whose name was bandied about as both GM and coach, has disclaimed any interest in leaving Kentucky.

DeRozan and Ujiri weren't the only NBA types to say positive things about the 50-year-old Colangelo.

Asked before the Knicks - 76ers game what he thought was Colangelo’s best attribute is, Mike D’Antoni wouldn’t or couldn’t narrow it to one.

"A lot of them. Bryan’s great,’’ said D’Antoni, who was 253-136 in four-plus seasons in Phoenix from 2003-08. "I hope he gets back in the league somewhere quick. But he reshaped, when I was there with the Suns unbelievable. He reshaped Toronto. He does a terrific job. He’s one of the best minds I’ve worked with.’’

There's no indication when the Nets will choose a new GM --or even start the interviewing process.