The Pistons asked permission to speak to Nets' lead assistant Brian Hill and were granted it today.
Nets president Rod Thorn gave the OK for new Detroit coach and ex-Nets assistant John Kuester to talk to Hill.
The Nets couldn't say no to the Pistons. Hill, like the rest of the staff, had to take a big a pay cut and was re-signed for just one year. He'll likely get a multi-year offer from Detroit.
If the Pistons hire Hill, the Nets may not replace him. If they didn't longtime Lawrence Frank aide Tom Barrise would slide over.
There are a couple things at work here: one is the Nets likely would only hire someone for one year if they did bring someone in, but ownership wouldn't mind if that money was saved. So we'll see what happens if Hill is offered and takes the Detroit job.
Thorn reiterated that the Nets aren't close to doing anything to their roster.
Do you think you'll do something?
"I don't know. We'll see. We have 15 players right now. We'll see."
Do you want to do something?
"It depends. Just to take a mediocre player for more than a one-year deal doesn't make any sense to me. If you can get somebody who can help you can, is a good player that's another thing. Just to take some mediocre player that may or may not play for you doesn't make any sense.
Do you want to subtract players before you add?
"Not necessarily. I just don't want to sign a mediocre player who may or may not play. I want to know if we make a move for a guy or sign somebody he's going to play."
My sense is Thorn wants to do something. He doesn't want a 20-30 win team. But the Nets need to clear players.
They don't necessarily want to add salaries without clearing players because what if they have 16 or 17 guys under contract and no one wants the guys they're trying to get rid. They would have to cut them and thus eat salaries, which is something this ownership doesn't want to do.
Some sources with knowledge of the Nets' thinking don't believe this is the team they wull bring to camp in October.