Billy King: Trades could come soon, Lionel Hollins safe


The Nets might need to make a move sometime soon, with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson out possibly 10 weeks and the team struggling through the first 20 games of the season.

But that move won’t be to oust Lionel Hollins from the bench, according to Nets general manager Billy King, who spoke with Sarah Kustok of YES Network prior to Tuesday night’s Nets-Rockets game at Barclays Center.

“We’re going to explore options out there and look and see if there’s other players if we need to make a deal to bring guys in,” King told Kustok. “But we’re going to give this group a chance until we can find another option.”

The Nets have reportedly gauged interest around the league in guard Bojan Bogdanovic, and Sergey Karasev’s father requested Karasev get traded following Karasev’s lack of playing time.

King also dismissed a report that Lionel Hollins was “on the hot seat,” which a Russian publication reported earlier this week.

“It’s funny because I think the report said it was management, and I’m management, so there was no truth to that,” King said. “Lionel and I are working hard every day. We’re discussing possibilities, things we can do on the court, off the court. I’ve talked to ownership and right now, Lionel is our coach and we’re working to try to turn this around.”

(h/t Andy Vasquez, YES Network)