The Brooklyn Nets have announced the hiring of five new front office additions — including a cap and contract specialist, a strategic planning coordinator, and a couple of scouts. On the heels of signing Kenny Atkinson, the Atlanta Hawks’ current assistant coach, general manager Sean Marks continues to build out the evolving organization.
You can read the press release in its entirety right here, but there are a couple of worthy highlights:
Natalie Jay has been named as cap and contract specialist. Jay comes to Brooklyn after most recently serving as a judicial law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, Mo. Previously, she held sports law clinic externships with the Memphis Grizzlies and Fluminense FC of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A native of Oxnard, Calif., Jay received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton and her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
Shelden Williams has been named as a pro scout. A veteran of six NBA seasons, Williams played for seven different teams, including the New Jersey Nets in 2011-12, following a four-year collegiate career at Duke. Williams went on to play three international seasons in France and China at the conclusion of his NBA career.”
With the Hawks slowly teetering on the edge of no return against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Atkinson introductory press conference appears like it may finally be on the horizon. The Nets have plenty of potential free agents and, of course, no draft picks — so the new hires will have an immediately tough task ahead of them.