Updates from Wednesday, July 2
ESPN's Marc Stein has the latest on the Nets' search:
Nets closing in on the hiring of Lionel Hollins, ESPN has learned. Deal is expected to be completed today— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2014
Nets and Hollins are in the final stages of hammering out a multiyear deal that will pay former Grizz coach in excess of $4 million annually— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2014
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:
Brooklyn has set a meeting with its top coaching target, Lionel Hollins, league sources tell Yahoo. Sides will sit down in next 24-48 hours.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
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:
As the Nets plan to fly frontrunner Lionel Hollins into Brooklyn in the next day or two, I'm told Lakers are showing a revived interest.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 30, 2014
Howard Beck of Bleacher Report also provides a possible time table for the decision:
Nets could name a new coach by the end of the week. Lionel Hollins remains frontrunner.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 30, 2014
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:
Lionel Hollins, George Karl and Mark Jackson also candidates in Brooklyn. And Messina ... who has deep ties to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 30, 2014
Whom should the Nets hire as their next head coach?
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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