Nets speak with Hornets GM about job

After receiving permission to talk to New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower, New Jersey Nets officials met with him on Saturday to discuss the team’s vacant GM job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

No offer was extended, sources said, but Bower has been targeted as a prime candidate to replace outgoing GM Rod Thorn, who has decided to leave the team on July 15.

Bower is believed to have two years left on his contract with the Hornets, but a stalled ownership change and the franchise’s financial strife have made for turbulent times within the organization. Bower has deep roots in the Northeast, and league sources believe he’s intrigued with talking with Thorn and the Nets’ new ownership group, led by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.

Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks has also gained strong traction and internal support to succeed Thorn, sources said.

Bower was not immediately available for comment.

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Updated Sunday, Jul 4, 2010