The Nets are hiring veteran NBA coach Steve Clifford as a coaching consultant, reports Malika Andrews of ESPN.
Clifford, who previously spent five seasons as Charlotte’s head coach, coached the Magic for the last three seasons, leading the team to a 96-131 (.423) record and a pair of playoff appearances. With Orlando pivoting toward a rebuild this year, Clifford and the team agreed to part ways in June.
Andrews, who refers to Clifford as the “most sought-after assistant in the marketplace,” points out that he has some history with Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash. Clifford was an assistant for the Lakers in 2012/13 when Nash played for the team.
Although Clifford will only be with the Nets periodically during the 2021/22 season, he’ll lend some much-needed experience to a staff that lost top assistants Ime Udoka and Mike D’Antoni this offseason.