Fred Kerber reports the Sean Marks, the Spurs assistant GM, is a candidate for the vacant Nets GM job.
According to execs with 2 teams, a guy to watch in #Nets GM hunt is #Spurs assist GM Sean Marks. International background, Spurs connect etc— Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) February 9, 2016
Mike Mazzeo later confirmed Kerber's information.
Marks, 40, played 12 years in the NBA as a journeyman,. He started only six games in his career and never averaged more than 4.6 points a game. He was the first New Zealand native to play in the league. In FIBA competition, Marks represented New Zealand in both the 2000 and 2004 Olympics as well as the FIBA World Cup in 2002, when the island nation finished 4th.
After retiring in 2012, Marks joined the Spurs front office. He has spent the last three years with the Spurs first as basketball operations assistant, then director of basketball operations before switching to the Spurs bench as assistant coach to Gregg Popovich. He won a championship ring with the Spurs in 2013-14, then returned to the front office last season as assistant GM.
League sources say Marks is on the short list of eight GM candidates who are being interviewed this week. Others on that list include Bryan Colangelo, Danny Ferry, both former GMs as well as assistant GMs, Gersson Rosas of the Rockets, Arturas Karnisovas of the Nuggets and Frank Zanin, the Nets assistant GM.
Marks is viewed as a rising star in the Spurs organization. As assistant GM, he was in charge of the Austin Spurs, the Spurs' D-League affiliate, for a year. . Sergey Kushchenko, a member of GM search committee, is personal friends with R.C. Buford, the Spurs GM.