The Nets have locked up general manager Sean Marks with a contract extension, multiple sources told The Post.
The Nets also are on the verge of agreeing to extensions for coach Kenny Atkinson and his staff. And playoffs or no, they already have seen enough out of Marks to want him to continue running the ship.
While Atkinson has become a dark horse for NBA Coach of the Year, Marks has drawn praise for taking over a team that was not only 21-61 prior to his first full season, but also bereft of its own picks, and managing to get them in position to make the playoffs in just three years.
Source: Brian Lewis of The New York Post
Sources: Suns Fire Igor Kokoskov
Sources: Suns Prefer Ja Morant to Zion Williamson in Draft
Even though Zion Williamson appears to be the consensus No. 1 player in the 2019 NBA draft class, the Phoenix Suns are reportedly enamored with a different player.
Per The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, there is buzz around the NBA that the Suns “prefer to end up with” Murray State star Ja Morant.
Vecenie did note he is “skeptical” the Suns would pass on Williamson at No. 1 because the “financial windfall any team figures to experience by selecting Williamson is real.”
The links with Morant may exist in part because the Suns have been searching for a viable starting point guard since Eric Bledsoe was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in November 2017.
Sources: Lakers Want Second Meetings with Ty Lue, Monty Williams
Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue and Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka met on Friday for approximately 90 minutes to discuss the franchise’s coaching vacancy, league sources told ESPN.
The conversation was described as relaxed and broad, a prelude to what the Lakers hope will be longer and more detailed discussions with top candidates Lue and Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams as soon as next week, league sources said.
Pelinka has plans to interview Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard on Tuesday, league sources said.