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Reports: Nets closing in on GM, interviews this week

Mikhail Prokhorov

In a series of tweets, Tim Bontemps and in story, Mike Mazzeo both suggest the Nets are closing in on a GM, with the Washington Post reporter posting they will "likely go with someone with experience in the job" and the ESPN reporter writing the Nets "will begin formally interviewing candidates for their general manager vacancy on Monday."

Here are the Bontemps tweets...

Mazzeo reports, "The Nets are expected to interview a number of candidates, perhaps as many as 10 ... The interview process is expected to last for a few days, sources said."

Two former GM's, Bryan Colangelo and Danny Ferry, as well as three assistant GMs will be among those interviewed. The three assistants are Denver's Arturas Karnisovas, Houston's Gersson Rosas and Brooklyn's Frank Zanin  . The Nets have received permission from Denver and Houston to interview their executives for the GM job.  Karnisovas's Nuggets will be in New York this week, playing the Knicks Sunday, the Nets Monday.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will lead the interviews, along with members of the team's GM search committee, Brett Yormark, CEO of the Nets and Barclays Center; Irina Pavlova, president of ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment; Dmitry Razumov, chairman of the Nets board, and Sergey Kushchenko, a Prokhorov confidante and commissioner of Russian basketball league.

There are a number of dates where having a GM on hand would help the Nets, both in terms of basketball operations and optics.  The NBA All-Star Game take place next weekend in Toronto; the Nets open their new training center in Industry City a week from Wednesday and of course the trade deadline a week from Thursday.

If the interviews are completed early this week, it's possible that the Nets could indeed have a GM next weekend.