Nets landing Jeff Van Gundy?

By Mark J. Miller

The New Jersey Nets avoided going into the history books by winning
their 10th game Monday night, thus ending any chance of finishing tied
for the worst record in NBA history. So things are looking up, right?

A high draft pick, a fair amount of cap space in the upcoming free-agent smorgasbord and a new owner loaded down with bucks are all signs that things are on the upswing in Jersey. The team supposedly would like Jeff Van Gundy to be the man in charge of the team next year and the chances of getting him went way up when soon-to-be owner Mikhail Prokhorev told "60 Minutes" Sunday night that he was planning to keep GM Rod Thorn, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Van Gundy supposedly wasn’t planning on coaching next year but the Nets are thinking they’ve got a decent chance to snag him.

The team also supposedly want to talk to Villanova head coach Jay Wright, who has turned down lucrative offers recently from the Philadelphia 76ers and Kentucky, according to Wojnarowski.

A friend of Wright’s tells Wojnarowski that Wright would likely only talk to the Nets if he needed some leverage at Villanova.,231024

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