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Former Nets coach in mix for Cavs job can reunite with LeVert, Allen

 Kenny Atkinson is a hell of a coach. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant drove him out of town, but the well respected veteran earned himself a ring on Golden State's 2022 Championship team as an assistant. 

Atkinson turned down a job offer from the Charlotte Hornets in 2022 as he's been a little more selective of what kind of roster, front office set up and franchise he's taking over. 

It now appears that Atkinson is in the running for the Cleveland Cavaliers job with JB Bickerstaff handed his walking papers, according to Shams Charania.


If Atkinson ultimately becomes the choice, he'll coach two former players that were with him in Brooklyn: Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen. 

Atkinson was able to tap into both players' potential and get the most out of them. 

Unfortunately, the superstar era in Brooklyn saw Atkinson's demise, but the Cavaliers will be getting a high character coach that helps develop young players and creates selfless leaders. 

With Donovan Mitchell's future unclear in Cleveland, the hiring of Atkinson would be a great insurance policy in case they end up losing their franchise player. 

Nets might trade for Cavs guard not named Donovan Mitchell


The talk of the NBA world is the future of Donovan Mitchell in Cleveland. Reports have began to surface about Mitchell's rocky relationship with guard Darius Garland. 

According to many media reports, if Mitchell is to consider signing a long-term extension with the Cavaliers, Garland would have to be moved. 

It's unclear Mitchell's intentions at this point and whether the Nets would even be atop his list of trade destinations.  Clearly, if Mitchell has no intentions of signing long-term in Cleveland, his list of suitors will be long. 

Expect the Lakers, Bulls, Nets and Knicks to be chasing his services among many others.

Mitchell will be a free agent after the 2024-25 season and instead of losing him for nothing, Cleveland would opt to move him now for a combination of future draft picks and rotation players. 

While Sean Marks can't get fixated on one player, the move that perhaps makes the most sense for the Nets is trading for a player like Garland. 

Dennis Schröder played well in his short time with the Nets after trade deadline, but Garland is a legitimate top 5-7 point guard in the league.

Marks could consider offloading Simmons' expiring, Dorian Finney-Smith and a sign and trade with Claxton, to net Garland and perhaps even Jared Allen y involving a third team.  

Sean Marks has been creative putting together three team mega deals. 

With the NBA playoffs heating up, Nets fans' attention will be on this summer to see what big moves their GM has under his sleeve. 

Celts beating Cavs means Mitchell to Nets more likely


The Brooklyn Nets fanbase is in a tough spot. If it roots for the Boston Celtics to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are one step closer to winning a championship. 

Both players were selected with the draft picks that the Nets sent out to Boston in the trade for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. 

So that's not an ideal outcome for Brooklyn. The only good byproduct of that, is that Cleveland would face another early playoff round exit and Donovan Mitchell could grow impatient with his lack of supporting cast with the Cavs. 

Mitchell has been a name that has been linked to both the Nets and the Knicks. Mitchell's father was a long-time public relations staffer with the New York Mets and his son still wears his Amazin's fandom on his sleeve. 

A New York homecoming for Mitchell would be a great narrative. However, the logic in joining a rudderless team in a Brooklyn Nets squad after either an Eastern Conference Championship berth or NBA Finals berth wouldn't make much sense. 

So, Nets fans actually need to be Celtic fans if they have any glimmer of hope that Mitchell will leave Cleveland as soon as this off season. 

So rather than losing him for nothing next off-season as he only has one more year on his contract, Cleveland may look to shop Mitchell this summer. 

The Nets would be among many teams. interested in trading for the five-time All-Star and perhaps the favorites with Mikal Bridges and Cam Thomas looking for a true superstar to co-star with.