Report: Brooklyn Nets Contacted Tom Thibodeau About Coaching Vacancy

by January 14, 2016

The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly reached out to Tom Thibodeau about the possibility of coaching their team.

The Nets, who recently canned Lionel Hollins, are also looking for someone to replace Billy King in the general manager role.

Reportedly, Bryan Colangelo is in the running for the gig.


Sources said that the two-time former NBA Executive of the Year is high on the Nets’ list of potential targets to succeed Billy King, who was reassigned Sunday after a 5 1/2-year tenure marked by modest success and record-setting spending.


Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov insisted at a news conference Monday that he plans to be methodical in his search and interview a number of candidates for his both his GM and coaching vacancies after reassigning King and firing coach Lionel Hollins. […] But sources say Colangelo has quickly emerged as a serious candidate should the Nets go the route of hiring a proven NBA executive to succeed King and then pursue one of the top of available coaches, such as Tom Thibodeau or Mark Jackson.


The Nets, sources say, have been drawn to Colangelo because of his strong track record in building contenders in both Phoenix and Toronto as well as his varied experiences over more than two decades in the league. […] Nets CEO Brett Yormark acknowledged in a radio interview this week on WFAN radio that he would have interest in bringing back Kentucky’s John Calipari to the Nets in a dual coaching and executive role, but Yormark also acknowledged in the interview that it would take “a lot” to get him away from Kentucky.