Report: Nets strongly considering Bryan Colangelo as GM

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Jerry Colangelo insisted his son, Bryan Colangelo, wouldn’t join him with the 76ers.

Maybe that was because Bryan could get his own team to run.

Marc Stein and Mike Mazzeo of ESPN:

Former Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns general manager Bryan Colangelo is getting strong consideration for the Brooklyn Nets’ front office vacancy, according to league sources.

This would be the Nets’ most underwhelming general-manager selection since they hired Billy King.

King, of course, was just fired after after Brooklyn’s historic spending produced minimal results.

Colangelo has plenty of experience and seemingly good relationships with other general managers and agents. But so did King. The Nets don’t need a seemingly safe choice. They need a miracle.

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s stated goals remain ridiculously out of touch. Without its own first-round pick until 2019 and a roster short on talent, Brooklyn has an extremely narrow path to accomplish anything positive over the next few years – no matter which direction it chooses.

The Nets’ best bet is attracting top free agents, but that’s a huge longshot. Is Colangelo the person to maximize their chances? His tenure in Toronto, including giving DeMar DeRozan a then-controversial contract extension, looks a little better in hindsight. But Colangelo still signed Andrea Bargnani to a huge extension and traded for Rudy Gay. Colangelo’s record is mixed, and even that assessment might be generous.

Ultimately, it might not matter much whom the Nets hire. They need to gain perspective and take their lumps until they regain control of their picks.

They need an owner with a different philosophy and time.

The GM is relatively small potatoes.