Nets likely to shake up coaching staff after tough season

When a Nets team that was picked to win the title by Vegas and NBA general managers finished only seventh in the East — and were swept in the first round of the playoffs — some wondered. if they would have a different head coach next season.

The answer is no. But Steve Nash seems likely to have different assistants.

Nash was with Nets general manager Sean Marks this week at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. And while former Nash assistant Ime Udoka coaches Boston in the Eastern Conference final against Miami — after beating the Nets and then defending champion Bucks — Brooklyn is considering a personnel shakeup.

“Between Steve, myself and [Nets owner] Joe Tsai, we spent a lot of time getting together,” Marks said. “It should come as no surprise to anyone that when you end a season like we did, it’s with disappointment, it’s with frustration, and it’s also a time to reflect and look in the mirror. And everyone everyone has to, from the entire basketball operations department.

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“Same for me, as a leader. We have to look and say ‘What happened? How can we fix it? … How to change things?’ Let it be the vision, let it be as simple as list building. Whether it’s from Steve’s point of view, how we train games and how we prepare for games. What we need, where are our holes. We’re all going to try to figure it out… take a really deep dive.

Development coach Amar’e Stoudemire announced his departure on ESPN. He’s been close to Nash for nearly two decades, with the pair playing six high-octane seasons together in Phoenix from 2004 to 2010 and another two years coaching in Brooklyn. Stoudemire praised Nash’s coaching work.

Now assistants David Vanterpool and Adam Harrington – who also serves as director of player development – ​​are likely both gone, according to Marc Stein. Marks talked about having to go back to his player development roots. Sources have told The Post that there could be even more turnover within the front office.

Steve Clifford, who served as a consultant, was interviewed for the Sacramento Kings head coaching job which eventually went to Mike Brown (currently in the Western Conference Finals as Golden State’s assistant). Clifford, 60, was head coach of the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets. He provided Nash with much-needed experience on the staff last season.

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Brooklyn is also interested in bringing in James Borrego as an assistant, according to NetsDaily. He not only matched Clifford’s resume as head coach of the Magic and Hornets — this year’s 43-39 mark in Charlotte was just one game behind Brooklyn — but worked with Marks no not once but twice.

Borrego – who was the current assistant and successor to Nets assistant Jacque Vaughn in Orlando – was a San Antonio assistant from 2003 to 2010, with Marks playing for the Spurs in the first three of those seasons. He returned to Gregg Popovich’s bench in 2015-16, when Marks was assistant general manager.