Sean Marks anticipated again with Nets regardless of Durant, Kyrie failure
MILWAUKEE — Regardless of overseeing one of the turbulent campaigns in current reminiscence this season, Nets common supervisor Sean Marks is predicted again for the subsequent, sources advised The Publish.
The dismantling of Brooklyn’s Huge 3 was lambasted in some quarters because the NBA’s worst failure in a long time and had some speculating that Marks might find yourself being ousted.
However with the Nets on a three-game successful streak, a extremely positioned league supply advised The Publish that “possession has full confidence in that entrance workplace to construct for the longer term.”
Neither Marks nor Nets group proprietor Joe Tsai had any remark, however a number of sources confirmed the New Zealand-born govt’s anticipated return. One other supply has described Marks and Tsai as having been “in lockstep.”
Marks has been on the job for seven years and can oversee a second construct.
He can afford the steadiness on the basketball aspect that the Nets have lacked on the enterprise aspect, with 4 CEOs within the final 4 years.
Even after the departures of each Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving earlier final month for which some felt he is perhaps scapegoated, Marks prolonged coach Jacque Vaughn on Feb. 21.
It was not solely his resolution to reward Vaughn, but it surely was notably his voice within the ensuing press launch.
Marks’ present contractual standing is unclear.
The Publish had reported in April 2019 that Brooklyn had given Marks an extension, after which he proceeded to land Durant and Irving that summer time.
He traded for former MVP James Harden in January 2021 to finish a Huge 3.
However Harden compelled a transfer to Philadelphia eventually season’s commerce deadline, and the first return — Ben Simmons — has been a catastrophe to this point by way of well being, efficiency and contractual dedication.
Durant tried to get each Marks and then-coach Steve Nash fired final summer time earlier than a sit-down with Marks and Tsai satisfied the four-time NBA scoring champion to relent and return to Brooklyn.
Irving ultimately demanded a commerce final month, and when Brooklyn shipped the mercurial level guard to Dallas, Durant adopted swimsuit in requesting a transfer.
It was dealt with quietly and discreetly, sending Durant to Phoenix.
At that time, whispers across the league started to select up in quantity that Marks’ job may very well be a jeopardy.
As a substitute, Marks’ acquisition from the Suns of Mikal Bridges — a rising younger gem that Phoenix had been adamantly towards parting with this previous summer time — would be the centerpiece of Brooklyn’s retooling.
Bridges is averaging 25.5 factors on sterling .526/.481/.922 taking pictures splits as a Web, the primary participant in league historical past to muster 25 factors on 50/40/90 taking pictures splits by his first 10 video games with a brand new group.
Marks arrived through the 2015-16 season and took over not simply the league’s worst group but in addition its most dire circumstance, bereft of draft picks.
He constructed a playoff basis that attracted Durant and Irving, and Bridges is growing into the sort of younger standout that may be a working mate for the subsequent star the Nets will goal.
Brooklyn additionally has the fourth-most draft capital from 2023 by ’29: A complete of 11 first-round picks and eight seconds (some from the Suns, 76ers and Mavericks), in addition to a team-record $8 million commerce exception, presently the largest within the league.
After Marks has already confirmed able to constructing the Nets right into a contender as soon as — discovering gems like Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie, plus drafting the likes of Jarrett Allen and Nic Claxton — he’s proven he’s not daunted by laborious work or powerful conditions.
“Yeah, that is — I wouldn’t say it’s turn out to be commonplace within the NBA — but it surely appears to be extra of that trajectory the place the continuity of, say, the Spurs groups of the previous and even a few of these Celtics or Lakers the place there’s loads of continuity over time is unquestionably a rarity within the league,” Harris advised the Publish. “Milwaukee is likely one of the few the place they preserve a big a part of their roster collectively.
“And in my time right here, even within the early years, we nonetheless had tons of turnover. However for Sean, he’s at all times made the many of the scenario, whether or not that’s free brokers coming and going. I really feel like simply genuinely throughout the board, he brings in kind of like-minded folks the place there’s a degree of simply humility, togetherness, unity, the place, you’re making an attempt to play and do stuff the proper approach. And that’s been a fairly constant theme since I’ve been in Brooklyn.”