Johnson and Nets Talking

Johnson and Nets Reach Verbal Understanding

By: NBASCOUT / Special to

If reports are accurate, it would appear that the representatives of current ESPN Analyst and former Dallas Mavericks Coach Avery Johnson are in the final phases of negotiating the terms to a three year deal for him to coach the New Jersey Nets. If they can finalize a contract, it will resolve the coaching dilemma and allow the Nets to concentrate on the draft and free agency.

Avery Johnson was the NBA Coach of the Year in 2005-2006; took his team to the NBA finals that same year; and brings with him a .735 winning percentage (194-70) in just three+ seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. He is credited with engineering three consecutive 50+ win seasons as a coach and reaching the finals in his first full season as a head coach. His familiarity with PG Devin Harris would seem a key to this deal.*

It turns out that Avery Johnson was also a finalist for the Head Coaching spot the Atlanta Hawks were seeking to fill and it now appears that Mavericks Assistant Dwayne Casey may be the finalist over there.

Along with these reports are suggestions that President/GM Rod Thorn will have a new contract in place before his expires on June 30. That will extend Rod Thorn\’s tenure with the Nets as one of the most experienced executives in the NBA.

Now, this could be premature, but: Welcome aboard, Avery!

UPDATE: Avery Johnson is on record confirming that he will be coming to New Jersey. Stay tuned for official announcements.

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