For the second time, news broke that Brooklyn Nets’ brass was handing out an extension. This time, it was Sean Marks who secured the deal.
Nets owner Joseph Tsai was feeling particularly generous on Wednesday. Even after doling out new contracts to Kenny Atkinson and the rest of the coaching staff, Tsai decided he wasn’t done.
According to Brian Lewis of the New York Post, the Brooklyn Nets have also extended general manager Sean Marks.
Marks’ tenure in Brooklyn has been nothing short of greatness. Marks inherited the team in February of 2016 after the dark days of Billy King.
In just three years, Marks — a former player for the San Antonio Spurs — has been able to completely revamp the roster and turn a bottom dweller into a possible playoff team.
For those of you just checking in on Marks’ chicanery, here’s a summary of some of his biggest moves:
- He grabbed Spencer Dinwiddie, the Nets’ current backup point guard who is averaging 17.1 points per game, off the scrapheap after being discarded by both the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls.
- Marks recalled Joe Harris out of the G-League after Harris flamed out for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, Harris is the league-leader in three-point percentage.
- He fleeced the Los Angeles Lakers in a deal that sent Brook Lopez, Kyle Kuzma, and a few other pieces in return for All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell.
- Marks stole starting center Jarrett Allen with the 22nd pick in the 2017 draft.
- He and his team produced the biggest draft heist of the 2018 NBA draft, grabbing Rodions Kurucs in the second-round.
- He sent Thaddeus Young packing to Indiana in a draft-day trade that ended up netting Caris LeVert with the 20th pick.
In all honesty, I couldn’t think of a guy more deserving of a long-term contract than Sean Marks. He’s added new life to a Brooklyn Nets franchise that was searching for something to believe in.
This summer will be a major test for Marks and his team. Will they be able to retain the free agent services of D’Angelo Russell? And will Brooklyn bring in a star next to Russell?