We're expected to know by tomorrow morning when Rod Thorn gives his end-of-the-season state of the Nets' address about the future of Lawrence Frank.
Thorn will meet tonight with senior management and owners about business and basketball, not just Frank. But Frank is the big topic, of course.
You already know how Bruce Ratner feels. There will be some in the room that are expected to be anti-Frank. Ultimately, the two people that will hold the most weight are Thorn and Ratner. They'll take input from everyone, but Ratner trusts Thorn's recommendation - as he should.
As we've said numerous times, money is a factor.
There have been a few waves of layoffs in the Nets' offices. About 10 were let go from midweek on. Also, the Nets won't have a summer league team, per se. They're joining forces with the Sixers for summer league to help split the costs. The Seventy-Nets or Nexers or whatever they will call themselves will play in Orlando once again.
More teams are expected to do this. Then there also are rumblings that - throughout the league - coaching staffs may be consolidated . Many teams are struggling financially. Not just the Nets.
All of that said, it's hard to eat $4.4 million when all of this is happening and then commit money to someone else.
Money aside, Frank didn't do a bad job this year. In fact, he did everything asked of him except make Yi Jianlian a future star. The argument for and against Frank is laid out right here.
I've gone back and forth on whether he will be back and should be back. There have been times I've leaned toward won't be back because of the lame-duck status, but I also can make a strong case for his return.
My guess is he's back. But whatever happens, no one should be surprised.
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