Nets name Trajan Langdon Assistant General Manager

Trajan Langdon as a player for CSKA Moscow (front). Ettore Messina is at right. (AP)

Nets general manager Sean Marks has made his first front office hire, picking up Trajan Langdon to serve as his assistant general manager, the Nets announced Tuesday morning.

Langdon, a native Alaskan and former NCAA, NBA and European basketball player, leaves his job as director of player administration and basketball operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers, which he just took this year after three years with the San Antonio Spurs.

“We are very pleased to welcome Trajan and his family to the Brooklyn Nets,” said General Manager Sean Marks. “Trajan is someone I worked with closely at the Spurs, and he brings a unique combination of NBA and European experience to the position. Trajan’s recent front office post with Cleveland added to his professional resume, and I want to thank the Cavs for their cooperation in this effort. The Nets look forward to Trajan’s contributions.”

Langdon graduated from Duke University with degrees in history and mathematics, and was drafted 11th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1999. He spent three years as an NBA player before going overseas.

Langdon also has ties to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. Langdon played nearly a decade in Europe, including six years with CSKA Moscow, partially when Prokhorov owned the Russian club. Current Spurs assistant and potential Nets head coaching candidate Ettore Messina was Langdon’s coach at CSKA Moscow.