Brooklyn Nets Eying Third Star, ‘Blue Chip Coach’ for 2020-21 Season
If the current season is to be played out, the Brooklyn Nets will enter the playoffs without the services of superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, both of whom are nursing injuries, while being led by an interim coach.
It’s safe to say, the plans have shifted to the 2020-21 season.
In fact, the Nets have some big plans in store for the upcoming NBA year. After firing Kenny Atkinson in early March, the Nets are expected to hire a proven head coach to lead a healthier Nets roster next season. Tom Thibodeau, Mark Jackson, and Jeff Van Gundy are all names that would potentially fit the description.
“One of the things that has been expressed sort of the grapevine, that’s the way I’m going to say it to protect myself from the aggregators, is that Durant and Irving would like a blue chip coach,” said ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “I don’t know what this says about the way they thought about Atkinson, but they want a big name coach.”
Additionally, the Nets are looking to add a third star to its roster, using it’s young pieces are collateral.
“I believe they have telegraphed they intend to use some of their young talent to acquire a third star along with Kyrie and Durant,” said Brian Windhorst. “Now, we can get enter a healthy debate here about whether Caris LeVert is that third star and they make the decision that he is. But my feel reading the tea leaves, paying attention to what Sean Marks has said and also being aware of some conversations they had at the trade deadline, which was sticking the toe in the water on some things, I think they’re going to swing for the fences whenever the season comes. They’re going to have to potentially hire a coach that is going to help them do that.”
Both LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie have been mentioned in trade rumours in the past.