Nets hire Sean Marks as General Manager

Sean Marks (left). (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets have hired San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Sean Marks as their general manager, the team announced Thursday morning.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Marks and the team agreed to a four-year deal after the team “significantly increased” their offer in negotiations.

Marks has spent the past five years holding numerous jobs with the Spurs organization, including director of basketball operations, assistant coach next to Gregg Popovich, and the general manager of the Austin Toros, the Spurs’ D-League affiliate.

“After an exhaustive vetting process, we are delighted to have Sean as our General Manager,” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a prepared statement. “His experience on the court, in coaching and management gives him a 360 degree view of the job at hand. His background helping to build one of the greatest teams in the NBA gives him an unparalleled frame of reference. And he impressed us all with his vision, his values, his personality and his enthusiasm for the club. The vote to select him from an incredible list of talent was unanimous. We welcome Sean into our Nets family and look forward to his strong leadership and independent thinking as we build our own success story.”

The Nets also released a statement through Marks.

“I am very excited to be named the General Manager of the Brooklyn Nets, and to become a member of the vibrant and dynamic organization that represents Brooklyn,” Marks said. “I would like to thank Nets’ ownership for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to the challenge of creating a unified culture and building a winning team.”

During the unveiling of the team’s practice facility Wednesday, Prokhorov joked he had never heard of Marks, and that the team had not made an offer to anyone.

The NBA trade deadline comes less than five hours after the team announced the hire.