Sergey Karasev, who the Nets decided against extending another year, apparently would like to stay with Brooklyn ... and play for his old coach, David Blatt, who he believes the Nets will pursue.
In an interview with Match TV, a Russian sports channel, Karasev said he thinks the Nets will pursue Blatt, who coached him on Team Russia in 2012. Russian won the bronze at the London Olympics.
"There were no signs of trouble -- Cleveland played in The Finals last season, and now ranks first in the conference. But it happens. I think Brooklyn will make every effort to get David. I know him and I am on good terms with him . Of course, his appointment would be a plus for me, " Karasev said in an interview with the program, "Sports interest, "on the TV channel.
Karasev followed up in a conversation Monday night with Brian Lewis of the Post...
“It should be logical, because he spent seven years coaching the national team in Russia and for sure [Nets owner Mikhail] Prokhorov knows him and I’m sure they communicate,” Karasev told Lewis. “I’m sure he calls him and they talk about everything. But I think he’d fit pretty good for this team, especially if like everybody says we try and build a new team and have young pieces over [the summer]. So he’d be a perfect fit over here.’’
Late last month, following the dismissal of Lionel Hollins, TASS the big Russian news agency, called Blatt a leading candidate for the Nets job. The Nets are unlikely to seriously pursue coaching candidates until after they hire a GM. There's no timetable for that, although Adrian Wojnarowski reported last week that the Nets would like to have a GM in place before the February 18 trade deadline -- and presumably the All-Star Break, a few days earlier.
Blatt chose Karasev, then seen as the future of Russian basketball, for the Olympic team in 2012, when he was still coaching in Europe. Karasev was the youngest mens basketball player on the roster of any Olympic team back then.
Since 2012, he was drafted by Cleveland then traded to Brooklyn. After starting 16 games last season before blowing out his knee, Karasev has played sparingly this season. The Nets decided in October not to extend his rookie contract another year. The Nets could always sign him in the summer.