Nets Hire 2nd Assistant GM In 3 Days


For the second time in three days, the Brooklyn Nets have announced the hiring of an assistant general manager. 

The team said Monday it hired Andy Birdsong, who was most recently the San Antonio Spurs' director of pro player personnel and general manager of the franchise's G league affiliate, the Austin Spurs. He also previously served as the Atlanta Hawks' manager of basketball operations.

“Andy is an accomplished basketball executive who brings a wealth of experience in talent evaluation and roster construction to our front office team,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a news release. “The knowledge he has garnered from his time as a member of such exemplary organizations as the Spurs and the Hawks will greatly benefit our group."

On Saturday, the Nets announced they hired Jeff Peterson, also as an assistant GM. He spent the past seven seasons in the Hawks' front office, including the last three as assistant general manager.

“Jeff is an innovative basketball executive who shares our strategic team building vision and will fit seamlessly within our culture," Marks said. "His extensive scouting and front office experience will be tremendous assets to our group as we continue to move forward.”

Peterson and Birdsong worked together for a couple of years in Atlanta at a time when Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson was an assistant coach there. And Peterson and Birdsong are both alumni of Florida State.

Birdsong also has familiarity with Marks from their time together in San Antonio.

Last month, the Nets lost assistant general manager Trajan Langdon to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he was hired as GM.