It's official: the Brooklyn Nets have announced that Lionel Hollins will become the 23rd head coach in the franchise's 47-year history (including its time in the ABA). Hollins will reportedly sign four-year contract, with the fourth year being a team option. If the option is picked up, the total amount of the deal could be around $20 million (terms of the deal as reported by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne).
In a press release posted on the team's website, Hollins thanked the Nets for the chance to coach again.
“It has been a long process to get back into the league, and I believe that Billy and I will have a very successful working relationship," said Hollins. "Brooklyn has firmly established itself as a franchise that is committed to winning, and I eagerly look forward to becoming part of that culture and building on the success of the past two playoff appearances.”
In an interview with Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, Hollins said he was not expecting to be contacted by Brooklyn after he learned of Jason Kidd's possible departure. Confirming reports that the Nets wanted to act quickly to secure a coach, Hollins said that "…the next day my agent said, 'They may have interest in you,' and later on that night I got a text from Billy [King]."
Turning to the roster, Hollins said he is still considering how to use his new players.
"I can't say how I will use this team right now," Hollins said. "I like the roster. Brook Lopez will be back healthy. Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, some young players, K.G., this is really a nice nucleus of guys and I'm looking forward to working with them."
The team has also announced Hollins will be introduced as head coach on Monday, July 7. The press conference will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be aired on the YES Network and the Nets' website.
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