Nets GM interviews expected to begin this week

Danny Ferry (AP)

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

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.

ESPN — Sources: Nets to begin formal GM interviews Monday