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Mikhail Prokhorov - first stage in GM search done, on to "short list"

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Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Wll the Nets have a GM in place before the trade deadline next Thursday?

In a brief conversation with Mike Mazzeo Wednesday, Mikhail Prokhorov said he and his GM search committee had completed its first round of "homework" and were now proceeding to the "short list."

He gave no indication of the length of the "short list" or whose names are on it. Nor did he provide a deadline for completing the process. Prokhorov will be in New York for the opening of the HSS Training Center next Wednesday.

Candidates were left under the impression that the search would commence with the new GM taking over before next Thursday’s trade deadline, sources told ESPN.com.

The GM search committee has been interviewing candidates all week. Among those believed to have been interviewed were former GMs Bryan Colangelo, Danny Ferry and Chris Grant as well as front office No. 2's: Sean Marks of San Antonio, Arturas Karnisovas of Denver, Kevin Pritchard of Indiana, Gersson Rosas of Houston, and Frank Zanin of Brooklyn.

The Nets apparently started the process by gathering information on as many as 20 candidates, then winnowing it down to those interviewed. The Nets had promised a thorough and patient search. In addition to Prokhorov, the committee includes Dmitry Razumov, chairman of the Nets board; Irina Pavlova, president of ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment Holdings: Brett Yormark, Nets CEO; and Sergey Kushchenko, a member of the Nets board and commissioner of the Russian Basketball League.