It's Official: Nets Make Avery Johnson Head Coach

Keith BennettCorrespondent IJune 10, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 16:  Former NBA head coach Avery Johnson (L) and Deuce McAllister of the New Orleans Saints stand on the field against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Louisana Superdome on January 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 45-14.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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On Thursday afternoon, the Nets made it official: the "Little General" Avery Johnson is their new head coach.

The press release includes statements from Johnson, Rod Thorn and Mikhail Prokhorov. Dave D'Alessandro reports that the contract is for three years and close to $12 million, but because Johnson was still under contract with the Dallas Mavericks, the Mavs will be paying for most of the first year.

A press conference will take place on Tuesday to introduce Johnson as the Nets head coach.

Blazers' assistant Joe Prunty is "probably a lock as Avery's top guy, because they are best friends." Other names tossed around include Popeye Jones, Mike Malone, and Darvin Ham. This would be very good for the Nets, having their coaching staff set before the NBA draft begins.

Furthermore, Johnson is expressing great confidence in his protege', Devin Harris. 

Prokhorov states, "This is the beginning of what I hope will be many more exciting announcements to come before the start of the season." 

Maybe King James and other free agents are coming?