Sources: Billy King expected to advise Nets ownership in search for new GM

Adrian Wojnarowski

After his dismissal as Brooklyn Nets general manager, Billy King's reassignment is expected to include advising ownership on its search for King's successor, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Billy King (left) lost his role as the Nets' general manager. (AP)
Billy King (left) lost his role as the Nets' general manager. (AP)

The arrangement is unorthodox, especially considering King was pushed out of the job by owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

Under King, the Nets have surrendered seven first-round draft picks – including five of their own – and 11 second-rounders to chase short-term success, severely limiting the franchise's options to rebuild over the next few years.

Former Nets general manager Rod Thorn had played a part in hiring King upon Thorn's departure from the Nets in 2010, but Thorn had resigned his position. He wasn't forced out.

One of the major influences in the search process promises to be Nets CEO Brett Yormark, who has remained an immense ally of Kentucky coach John Calipari since Calipari's late 1990s tenure as Nets president and coach. Yormark has remained a proponent of making a lucrative offer to bring Calipari back to the Nets in a dual president and coaching role, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

King was reassigned and coach Lionel Hollins was fired on Sunday.