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Woj: Nets’ Chris Fleming hired as Bulls lead assistant

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Nets assistant Chris Fleming, who played with Kenny Atkinson at the University of Richmond then joined him on the Nets bench, is headed to Chicago when he’ll join the Bulls coaching staff as Jim Boylen’s lead assistant.

Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news.

Fleming was largely responsible for the Nets offense. He has head coaching experience with the German National Team and won four German League championships and was 2011 coach of the year with Brose Baskets Bamberg in 2011.

He spent the 2015-16 season on Mike Malone’s Nuggets staff and worked with the 2014 Spurs in the NBA Summer League.

Fleming is only the second of Atkinson’s original staff to leave Brooklyn, the first to join another NBA team.

According to a report by Michael Scotto last month, Atkinson’s staff recently had their contracts extended by two years.

A native of Lacey Township, NJ, Fleming has known Atkinson since their playing days together at Richmond.

Scotto pointed out that Fleming played a key role in the development of Rodions Kurucs.

The news won plaudits from a number of Nets staffers and others associated with the team.

No word on Fleming’s replacement but Jeff Hornacek, who the Knicks fired last April with a year left on his contract, has been helping out with the Nets offense, even travelling with the team.

Fleming is the second assistant coach to defect since the season ended. Will Weaver, who joined the Nets with Fleming in 2016 and coached the Long Island Nets this season, is headed to the Sydney Kings in the Australian NBL.