P.J. Carlesimo is out as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets and the search for his replacement is set to begin.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Brooklyn has elected to not retain Carlesimo and will instead turn its attention elsewhere.
Nets search for a new coach has started. P.J. Carlesimo won't be brought back. Jeff Van Gundy is a top target, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 5, 2013
Carlesimo took over for the departed Avery Johnson midway through the 2012-13 campaign, which means the Nets are preparing to appoint their third coach in less than one year.
Don't expect Brooklyn's next sideline-meander to be a rookie or a lower-profile coach like Carlesimo. General manager Billy King has said an established candidate isn't a priority, but we know better.
The Nets are in a premier market and have nearly $90 million committed in payroll next season. And like their payroll, expectations are high. Brooklyn needs a coach who can come in and not only make an immediate difference, but also gain the respect of their players.
Who might that coach be? After being eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs, the Nets are under pressure to answer that question as soon as possible.
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