The Brooklyn Nets have offered the job of general manager to San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 17, 2016
However, in a subsequent report on Yahoo! Sports, Woj suggests this isn't a done deal, at least yet.
The native of Auckland, New Zealand played 11 seasons --but only 230 games -- in the NBA (as well as one year in Poland) and three years for the New Zealand national team. Since retiring four years ago, Marks has served as an assistant GM, assistant coach and D-League GM for the Spurs. Last August, in an interview with TVNZ, he made it clear his goal was a general manager job in the NBA. "In sports, you always shoot for the top. I'd love to be a GM, whether it's the Spurs or wherever."
Of the four leading candidates for the Nets job, he was was the only one to have such a varied resume, as a player, assistant coach and assistant GM. He was also the only candidate who has two NBA rings, the first as player for the Spurs in 2005, the second nine years later as assistant coach.
Marks supposedly wowed the Nets GM search committee in an interview a week ago Sunday, then again in a second interview sometime in the last few days. He also got high recommendations from Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford, the Spurs GM and a long-time friend of Mikhail Prokhorov's chief sports adviser, Sergey Kushchenko, a member of the GM search committee.
"He really has a great feel for talent and has a great personality, really commands respect and gets along with people," Popovich told Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News last week. "He is going to have a bright future. We’ll have to kick him out of the door here pretty soon."
However, Orsborn also reported that Pop didn't know that Marks was being interviewed by the Nets.
Pop says he was unaware of Sean Marks reportedly being candidate for Nets GM job. #Spurs— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) February 9, 2016
In fact, Woj hints the Spurs may put up a fight to keep him.
Marks, 40, has emerged as the Nets' choice through a two-month process, but there's no assurance they will come to terms on an agreement.
Spurs president and coach Gregg Popovich and general manager RC Buford hold Marks in high regard, and the organization has been grooming Marks to eventually to take over a more significant role in the organization.
it will now be up to the Nets and Marks to work out a deal. Marks won out over Bryan Colangelo, the two-time Executive of the Year, and two other assistant NBA GM's: Arturas Karnisovas of Denver and Gersson Rosas of Houston. And if they can't reach a deal?
Three other candidates – including Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas, two-time NBA executive of the year Bryan Colangelo and Houston vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas – could still re-emerge in the process.
If everything works out for the Nets, next up is the search for a new coach. One possibility is Ettore Messina, who Marks has worked with in San Antonio and was Prokhorov's head coach when he owned CSKA Moscow a decade ago.
- Sources: Nets offer GM job to Spurs' Sean Marks - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo Sports
- Sean Marks of San Antonio Spurs emerges as Brooklyn Nets' preferred choice as GM - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN
- Nets offer GM job to Spurs executive Sean Marks - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets offer GM job to Spurs assistant Sean Marks: report - New York Daily News
- Nets offer general manager position to Spurs assistant GM Marks - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Report: Nets offer GM job to Sean Marks - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Gregg Popovich has glowing remarks for Sean Marks -Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Nets extend GM offer to Sean Marks - Gregory Hrinya - Examiner
- Nets reportedly offer GM job to Spurs assistant Sean Marks - Stephen J. Gaither - Sporting News
- Basketball: Marks offered Nets job - reports - New Zealand Herald News
- Could Marks/Messina duo save the Nets? - Tim Griffin - San Antonio Express-News