The Brooklyn Nets pivoted away from their plan to hire Ime Udoka due to "several factors", sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The investigation and due diligence process by the Nets into why Udoka was suspended by the Boston Celtics took longer than expected, while there was also an outcry both outside and inside the organization on that plan. Finally, the Nets also face a situation where there is uncertainty about their ability to contend in the Eastern Conference over the short- and long-term.
Brooklyn began direct communication on the potential hire of Udoka 24 to 48 hours before Steve Nash was fired.
The Nets decided to name Jacque Vaughn head coach after it was determined they could not move forward with their plan to hire Udoka.