Some of the best GM prospects out there are not names known by hoops fans, but are people well respected inside NBA circles.
It seems the Brooklyn Nets are considering some of those men — in addition to the already-known big names of Bryan Colangelo and Danny Ferry — in the search for their new GM, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. And so far, the biggest name on the rumor mill seems to be on the outside looking in.
Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and Houston Rockets executive VP of basketball operations Gersson Rosas have emerged as serious candidates in the process, league sources told Yahoo Sports…
So far, ownership has balked at the idea of paying Kentucky coach John Calipari the $120 million package he’s seeking for a return to the NBA, league sources said.
First things first, that’s smart on Calipari — he’s not worth that to Brooklyn.
Look for the Nets to move sooner rather than later, getting a GM in place before the Feb. 18 trade deadline (where the Nets could be active).
The Nets are doing their due diligence on Karnisovas and Rosas, calling around the league for information. Karnisovas comes with the advantage of being Lithuanian, speaking Russian, and having ties to people Mikhail Prokhorov knows in hoops circles, Wojnarowski reports. Rosas has been the right hand of Rockets GM Daryl Morey and helped build the current roster.
The Nets also continue to consider former Suns GM Colangelo and former Hawks GM Ferry, both of whom have more established track records building teams.
The question is will Prokhorov let the new GM build the team his way. He has indicated he wants to turn things around sooner rather than later, but the new GM has to fight any effort to move even one more future asset to get better now — the Nets don’t control their own first-round draft pick until 2019. This rebuilding process is going to take years because of that. The new GM has to push back against any effort to move a future asset to get marginally better in the short term. This is a team that needs to take the long view, and be patient.