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TASS: David Blatt "one of the main candidates" for Nets coaching job

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TASS, the big Russian news agency that predicted Lionel Hollins firing a month before it happened, reports Monday that David Blatt, the ousted Cavaliers coach, is "one of the main candidates" for the Nets head coaching job. The Nets are not expected to move on head coaching candidates until after a new general manager is chosen.

"Brooklyn [Nets] is currently considering several candidacies for the post of the club’s head coach and Blatt’s candidacy is the priority one," the source said in an interview with TASS.  The source was described as "familiar with the matter."

David Griffin, the Cavaliers’ general manager, said Blatt was sacked because of hi "lack of fit with our personnel and our vision."  He was replaced by Tyronne Lue, one of his assistants. Many have speculated that LeBron James had dictated the change.

Blatt is U.S.-born coach who played at Princeton, then had a successful career in Europe, both in the Euroleague and FIBA as coach of Team Russia. He won the FIBA Europe championship in 2007 and the Olympic bronze medal in 2012, with Sergei Karasev and Andrei Kirilenko on the club.  He had long been rumored as a potential NBA coach before being hired by the Cavs last season, taking them to the NBA Finals.

Many U.S. writers have speculated that Blatt would be a Nets candidate because of his connection with Mikhail Prokhorov, who was a big financial supporter of Team Russia.

TASS reported on December 7 that Hollins would be gone once a replacement could be found.  The Nets denied it at the time but the reporter who wrote the story had spent time with Nets management in Brooklyn in the days before he wrote the story.

"Brooklyn [Nets] is currently considering several candidacies for the post of the club’s head coach and Blatt’s candidacy is the priority one," the source said in an interview with TASS.

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