Quietly, in the background of all the recent free agent moves --five signings in five days -- the Nets have begun to stand up their D-League team, the Long Island Nets, naming staff and establishing a web presence.
The L.I. Nets, who've had a head coach in Ronald Nored since April, now list an assistant coach, GM, assistant GM, trainer and video staff on the team's website. While there's been no official announcement yet, the names are all there.
Trajan Langdon, the Nets assistant GM, will now include D-League GM duties on his resume' and Ryan Gomes, the veteran NBA forward, will be Nored's assistant.
Four young Nets staffers will join them in the front office.
--Matt Riccardi, who's been with the Nets since their final two seasons in New Jersey, has been named assistant GM and will serve as a scout for both the parent club and the L.I. Nets. Riccardi has been senior manager of basketball operations for the Nets the last two years, rising from intern.
--Ale Oliviera, who was an NBA assistant trainer of the year with the Nets last season, will be the D-League club's head athletic trainer and strength coach. He's been with the Nets for three years, serving under Tim Walsh. Prior to that, he worked in Atlanta with the Hawks. He's a native of Brazil.
--Brett Levy and Trevor Hendry, who work with basketball operations in Brooklyn, will serve as video assistant and Video/Player Development & Basketball Operations Assistant, respectively. Both have been with the Nets for several years.
Nored, of course, is the key addition. He is 25, but has quite the resume'. Nored, most recently an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky University, had been with the Celtics staff for two years prior to that, having come to Boston with his college coach, Brad Stevens as a development specialist. Nored was the starting point guard for Stevens' Butler Bulldogs two national championship runners-up, teaming with Gordon Hayward, now of the Jazz.
In a profile on the L.I. Nets site, Nored talked about his job and the role Stevens played in his development.
"Brad is the ultimate mentor for me," Nored told Keith Isada. "The relationship we developed when I was a player really grew from year to year and he knew early on that I was interested in coaching so I really spent my time at Butler as a player, learning to coach. It was almost like I was in school for coaching at that time."
Nored sees his youth as an advantage when dealing with the young D-Leaguers.
"I just went through it," said Nored, the two-time Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year. "If I’m talking to a player about doing something, I just did it. I just went through it as a player and the nuances of the game, I know those."
The L.I. Nets will play at Barclays Center this season before moving to the renovated Nassau Coliseum. They'll also practice for at least one year at HSS Training Center, sharing some of the Nets facilities, as well as the practice courts. The D-League team will begin play in mid-November. Before that, there will be an expansion draft in September and a player draft in early November.