Report: Calipari fading, Ferry out in Nets GM search

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It appears the Brooklyn Nets are not going to have a new GM to set the team’s direction in place before the trade deadline Feb. 18, and even if they do it will be so close to the date that Nets’ fans shouldn’t expect any meaningful moves.

But the search for the GM is moving along and some of the biggest names have been swept aside, according to the New York Post.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and his Russian brain trust are being deliberate. Sources have said no GM hiring is imminent, with contenders being vetted and eliminated, but none close to being hired….

Sources say Calipari is fading despite in-house support from Nets CEO Brett Yormark, and ex-Hawks GM Danny Ferry is no longer a viable candidate despite support from the reassigned Billy King. Bryan Colangelo is still in the picture, as are Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas.

The Nets are doing it right in picking a GM then letting him pick a new coach. And they are right to be patient, do their due diligence, and make a good call rather than a quick one.

Whoever gets the job, it’s going to be a rough haul (especially if owner Mikhail Prokhorov expects a quick turnaround).