Nets zeroing in on Kings’ Jordi Fernandez as next head coach

The Nets are focused on their next head coach.

Brooklyn’s NBA franchise has set its sights on Kings assistant coach Jordi Fernandez as its next head coach. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Late Monday night.

The 41-year-old coach has been the NBA’s “top coaching prospect” for the past two years and is expected to join the Nets, according to a report from ESPN.

Jordi Fernandez (r.) is an assistant coach for the Kings. Getty Images

Nets general manager Sean Marks is reportedly focused on the next coach.
Nets general manager Sean Marks is reportedly focused on the next coach. Noah K. Murray writes for the New York Post

Reports over the weekend said Fernandez was among the finalists, along with former Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer and Suns associate head coach Kevin Young.

Kings assistant coaches under general manager Sean Marks as the franchise continues to reset after the superstar era came to an abrupt end with the departures of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in the 2022-23 season. They will be newly hired.

Fernandez coached in Denver for six seasons and then in Cleveland before landing in Sacramento in 2022.

He was also on the bench for Canada at the 2023 FIBA ​​Men’s Basketball World Cup, where the Canadians won bronze in the tournament.

Fernandez was considered for a job with the Raptors, Suns and Bucks last season.

He will take over a Nets team that finished 32-50 last season after interim head coach Kevin Ollie replaced Jacque Vaughn midway through the year.

He is the team’s fifth coach since 2020.

The Nets boast a roster featuring Michal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Nic Claxton, and Cam Thomas.