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ESPN: Nets GM search is down to three candidates

The Brooklyn Nets are said to be closing in on their new General Manager, as ESPN's Chris Broussard is reporting that they will narrow their search down to two or three finalists by this weekend, with the finalists being Bryan Colangelo, Arturus Karnisovas and Sean Marks.

Colangelo is the highest profile of the three, based on his work with turning the Toronto Raptors around, having won the 2007 Executive of the Year award, as well as being the son of Jerry Colangelo. Before joining Toronto, Colangelo had a role in turning about the Phoenix Suns, winning the EOY there as well.

Marks and Karnisovas are less known, relatively speaking.

We've profiled both recently. Marks being the Assistant GM of the San Antonio Spurs, so he clearly has been under the best possible tutelage. He played 12 years in the NBA, as a journeyman, and has a background in international basketball, playing for Team New Zealand in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.

Karnisovas has been an international scout for the Houston Rockets, and most recently (and currently) an assistant GM for the Denver Nuggets. He too is well respected around NBA circles and is best known for his work in international basketball.

If you're waiting for a move to be made before the weekend, as we noted earlier in the day, it's unlikely anything will "officially" happen during All-Star Weekend, since the league frowns upon news being made while they are technically on break.