Arturus Karnisovas is still in the mix to take over as the GM for the Brooklyn Nets, according to the New York Post. Last week, Adrain Wojranowski reported that there were four main candidates for the job: Karnisovas, Bryan Colangelo, Danny Ferry and Geran Rosas. The Post is now reporting that Ferry is no longer being considered, dwindling the list to three.
One of the driving factors behind Karnisovas' consideration for the job is the Nets desire to bring in an executive who can improve their scouting and talent acquisition abroad. A former professional player in Europe and member of the Lithuanian National Team, Karnisovas roots are obviously deeply entrenched across the Atlantic. Since moving into front office roles, Karnisovas has spent ample time as an international scout for the Houston Rockets and Team USA before becoming the Assistant GM to Tim Connelly in Denver.
In his three years with Denver, the Nuggets have selected four European players in the NBA draft (out of seven total) and have experienced a large amount of success in a limited time. Joffrey Lauvergne, Jusuf Nurkic and burgeoning star Nikola Jokic all figure to be key components of Denver's roster moving forward, and 6'5" point guard Nikola Radicevic, who is currently recovering from a hip injury while playing in Liga ACB, could be the next key member of the team.