Bobby Marks, who has been the New Jersey Nets’ Vice President of Basketball Operations for the last four years, has been made the new Assistant GM under the recently-hired Billy King.
From Inside Hoops:
In his new role, Marks will assist King in the areas of salary cap
management, scouting, player personnel and the day to day business of
basketball operations. A member of the department for 15 seasons,
Marks served as the team’s vice president of basketball operations for
the past four years. After originally joining the Nets as a public
relations intern in the spring of 1995, Marks was hired in January of
1996 as a basketball operations assistant. He is currently the longest
tenured member of the department.
Jeff Bower, the general manager for the New Orleans Hornets, is one of the most respected men in the field. Not a shock that he got a call to talk to New Jersey about their position being vacated by Rod Thorn.
But in a statement on Tuesday, he pulled out of the race.
“I appreciate the interest shown by the N.J. Nets to discuss the opportunity with me to head up their basketball operations,” Bowers statement read. “At this time, however, it is not the right fit for the Nets or myself. I remain focused on improving our Hornets roster on a daily basis.”
Thorn’s assistant GM Bobby Marks appears to be the frontrunner now.
New Nets coach Avery Johnson may have something to do with Bowers pulling out, suggests Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Coaches are always leery of new GMs brought in over their heads, and Bowers chose not to hire Johnson for the Hornets job. Automatic tension there. Wojnarowski also said he heard Johnson is trying to get as much free agent power for himself as he can.
It strikes me that with the new ownership, people are still finding the roles and who has power, so people grab what they can if they can. But things will shake out soon.