Nets Head Coach Search: Latest News and Rumors on Vacant Position

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IJune 30, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, July 2

ESPN's Marc Stein has the latest on the Nets' search:

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Things move quickly in the NBA. After just one season with Jason Kidd at the helm, the Brooklyn Nets are already searching for a new head man for the franchise.   

With Kidd being traded away to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets are now stuck looking for a new coach following the 2014 NBA draft with the free-agency period opening on Tuesday. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports provides details on one coaching candidate:

Despite the fact that they are planning a meeting with Lionel Hollins, they might not be the only team after his services. Sam Amick of USA Today notes another organization looking to enter the race for Hollins:

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report also provides a possible time table for the decision:

Hollins served as the head coach for the Vancouver and Memphis Grizzlies during three different stints, most recently from 2009 to 2013, going 214-201 during his time. The 60-year-old led the Grizzlies to three straight playoff appearances in the last three seasons, finishing with an 18-17 record in the postseason overall.

As for other potential candidates looking to take the reins in Brooklyn, Marc Stein of ESPN takes a look at a few other options:

Though the talks are still fresh, the Nets appear to have a good core group of coaches that could take over where Kidd left off. Whether it's Hollins, Mark Jackson or George Karl, they will have an experienced instructor that knows his way around the playoffs.

Kevin Garnett has already announced he plans to return next season, so the next head man in Brooklyn will already have a strong veteran leader. Going along with Garnett and Joe Johnson, the Nets also have a young group of players including Mason Plumlee and Brook Lopez to build around.

With the paint still drying from the Kidd-to-Milwaukee move, the Nets might come away with a more experienced coach in the long run.


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