Scotto: Free Agent Target Conley a Long Shot as Nets GM Search Continues

Mikhail Prokhorov

BROOKLYN – Mike Conley, the top free agent point guard on the market this summer, threw more wood onto the dumpster fire that has been the Brooklyn Nets’ season. Making the playoffs all but mathematically went up in smoke months ago, and now any hope of Conley signing with the Nets this summer all but went up in flames, too. Before Wednesday’s win at Barclays Center, Conley told reporters that coach Lionel Hollins would have been a “big reason” to consider signing

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Hubbard: Coach Firings Provide Hope for David Blatt

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For those gentlemen – and who knows, maybe ladies, too – who aspire to one day reach the pinnacle of the basketball coaching profession, be advised that institutions you hope to work for may not be run in the most rational manner. And I’m reasonably certain that Jeff Hornacek, Lionel Hollins, David Blatt and Kevin McHale would agree with me. Hornacek just became the latest NBA head coach to lose his job, although compared to others, the Phoenix Suns looked positively patient.

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Scotto: Rudy Gay is Available with NBA Trade Deadline One Month Away

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Need a forward? Rudy Gay is available, multiple league sources tell SheridanHoops.com. And the list does not end there. Ryan Anderson is on the wish list of several teams. Josh Smith can be had … again. Markieff Morris is playing again in what looks like a showcase. Terrence Jones’ name is resurfacing again, along with Houston Rockets teammate Corey Brewer — who is eligible to be dealt as of 12:01 a.m. EST Friday. The NBA trade deadline is a month away, and GMs are working

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Sheridan: Is Prokhorov Stalling in Order to Sell the Nets?

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Mikhail Prokhorov kept insisting Monday that he is in no hurry to fill the general manager or coaching vacancies for the Brooklyn Nets. Which begs the question: If he is in no hurry, is that because he is buying time in order to sell the team? I wouldn’t rule it out. My biggest takeaway from Prokhorov’s news conference in the wake of his pogrom that dispatched Billy King and Lionel Hollins was the Russian billionaire’s admission that people have been making bids for

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Scotto: Mikhail Prokhorov’s Contradictory News Conference and Brooklyn’s Murky Future

Mikhail Prokhorov

BROOKLYN – Mikhail Prokhorov’s news conference left as many questions as it did answers for the future of the Brooklyn Nets. “Frankly speaking, I deserve a championship now much more than six years ago,” Prokhorov said, one day after dismissing coach Lionel Hollins and general manager Billy King. “I think we have been really bold and we did our best in order to reach a championship. And I still believe with some luck, our results might have been more promising. “But I’ll

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Sheridan: Billy King ruined the Nets … In NJ and Brooklyn

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First, a disclaimer: I like Billy King. He has always treated me well, has always been friendly and helpful, and he was truly one of the NBA’s most gracious men. But now let’s get to the heart of the matter: Billy King was a terrible, terrible general manager. One of the worst in league history. His temporary replacement — an empty chair — will do a better job than King did. And his eventual successor will need one essential qualification — masochist

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Winless Brooklyn Nets Set To Endure Painful Season

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BROOKLYN — If there was such thing as NBA purgatory, that would be where the Brooklyn Nets franchise is currently situated.  At 0-4 with no first round pick next June (and no control of any first round pick until 2019), no hope for a real superstar on the roster until at least the summer and a lack of talent to compete in the Eastern Conference, it looks more likely by the day that this will be a painful lost season for

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Five Things To Watch: Memphis Grizzlies

Marc Gasol

There aren’t many small-market teams that have experienced a run of success like the Memphis Grizzlies have over the past half-decade. The Grizzlies are looking to keep the train rolling this season after an offseason which has perhaps been underrated. Most important, the Grizzlies locked up franchise cornerstone Marc Gasol for the long haul, ensuring they will have a chance to be competitive both now and likely for years to come – assuming Mike Conley, a free agent next summer, is

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