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Report: Sean Marks still negotiating with Nets, who see Arturas Karnisovas as second choice

Sean Marks, Tony Parker

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Sean Marks, left, talks with Tony Parker during basketball practice at the NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Miami. The Spurs lead the Miami Heat 2-1 in the best-of-seven games series. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Despite reports he was leaning toward rejecting it and Mikhail Prokhorov’s apparent insult, Spurs executive Sean Marks is still in the running for the Nets’ general-managing job.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

After the Brooklyn Nets made an initial contract offer to Sean Marks to become the franchise’s general manager on Tuesday, team officials and the San Antonio Spurs’ assistant general manager continued discussions on deal terms and organizational responsibilities on Wednesday, league sources told The Vertical.
The Nets are expected to move on to Denver Nuggets assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas should Marks turn down the job, league sources said.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Prokhorov’s comment about not knowing Marks has been spun as the owner just joking.

Brian Lewis of the New York Post:

Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game:

But Prokhorov was trying to diss the Knicks. It’s possible Prokhorov was just trying to lightly play coy as negotiations continued, but comparing the remark to another clear slight is hardly convincing.

Does Marks buy it? Might depend how much better Brooklyn’s offer gets.

It’s difficult to see Marks accepting the job in time to make a trade before today’s 3 p.m. deadline. It’s far harder to see the Nets ending negotiations with Marks and hiring Karnisovas before then.

This process never should have dragged so long, but at least Brooklyn still has a chance to land its top choice.