With less than two weeks until the trade deadline, the Nets will begin the process of interviewing candidates for their vacant general manager position, according to a report from Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com.
The Nets are expected to interview at least four outside candidates: Bryan Colangelo, the former Toronto Raptors & Phoenix Suns general manager; Danny Ferry, the former Atlanta Hawks & Cleveland Cavaliers general manager; Arturas Karnisovas, Denver Nuggets assistant general manager (the Nuggets travel to New York this weekend as part of a back-to-back set against the Nets and Knicks); and Gersson Rosas, executive vice president of basketball operations for the Houston Rockets.
The team is also expected to interview Frank Zanin, current assistant general manager and second-hand man to Billy King in multiple stops around the NBA.
Some around the league have expressed skepticism that the Nets would be able to construct a deal before the trade deadline, given the time it would take to get a general manager hired, comfortable with personnel, and ready to enact some sort of vision. But the Nets have a propensity for making surprise moves, and anything is possible.
It is expected that the Nets would hire a general manager before they hire a coach, and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said he would prefer having a different person holding each job.