The Brooklyn Nets will begin their head coaching search now that they've been eliminated from the 2020 playoffs.
Sources tell ESPN's Jackie MacMullan that Sean Marks is seriously considering Jacque Vaughn for the job on a permanent basis.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, however, are interested in a higher profile head coach such as Tyronn Lue or Gregg Popovich, according to sources. MacMullan indicates that both Lue and Popovich are among the candidates who have been linked to the opening.
Marks has a prior working relationship with Popovich from their time together with the San Antonio Spurs. Popovich has been with the Spurs since 1994 first as general manager and then as head coach. Popovich suggested he would continue coaching in the 20-21 season following San Antonio's elimination from playoff contention in Orlando.
Shams Charania of The Athletic also reported that the Nets will pursue Popovich, though the possibility is considered "a pipe dream for now." Brooklyn would need permission to speak to Popovich and likely provide compensation.
Sources also tell Charania that Popovich is a favorite of Kevin Durant, even dating back to Oklahoma City's coaching search in 2015.