The Brooklyn Nets were eliminated from the playoffs by the Toronto Raptors on Sunday and will now begin the search for their next head coach.
One name that they will be reportedly targeting for the position is San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
According to the Athletic, the Nets will “explore the possibility” to lure the 71-year-old coach away from the Spurs, where Popovich has been part of the organization since 1994 when he was hired as the general manager and has been head coach since the 1996-97.
Brooklyn has many ties to the Spurs organization as general manager Sean Marks, interim head coach Jacque Vaughn and assistant coach Tiago Splitter all played and/or coached under Popovich at one point during their basketball careers.
Vaughn is also a candidate for the job as well is Lakers assistant Jason Kidd, Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue, and former head coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy.
Reports have said both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are big fans of Popovich and have experience being coached by him as both were alongside Popovich for Team USA Basketball.
If Brooklyn is serious about their pursuit of Popovich, the Nets will have to ask the Spurs permission to speak to Popovich who is still under contract with San Antonio and if talks advance far enough, there will likely be compensation exchanged between the two teams. The last time a coach was “traded” to another team is when Brooklyn let Jason Kidd go to Milwaukee in exchange for two second-round picks.