Word around the NBA is that the Nets now have the biggest basketball operations staff in the league ... or close to it. Only the Pistons can rival it. Of course, there's no official list, but also, there's no doubt that Sean Marks has fulfilled his promise to expand staff.
A number of those additions have come in hiring for the Long Island Nets, the new D-League affiliate, but throughout the organization, there are new people in new jobs. Marks did not clean house, other than on the coaching staff, No one from Lionel Hollins and Tony Brown's group survived. In the front office, the scouting department and on the performance team, longtime staffers were promoted and/or given new responsibilities.
As Marks said at his press conference...
"Agents and players will get wind that something different is happening there. I don't want people saying, 'It's the Nets, nothing's going to change.' There is going to be changes here. I want to get the right people in here, in free agency and to lead this team forward..."
By our count, with this week's naming of the D-League assistant coaches and new scouts, the Nets have added 26 new staffers to basketball operations. Here's our best summary, including promotions. We won't know the full range of who's back and who's not until the Nets repost their basketball operations directory.