Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash has signed a four-year contract to become the next coach of the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN.
The Nets announced the hiring Thursday morning.
Nash, 46, comes with no coaching experience, but he has a history of leadership and playing innovation. He also brings a strong relationship with Nets star Kevin Durant, forged when Nash was a consultant role for the Golden State Warriors.
The Nets announced they are keeping Jacque Vaughn as the lead assistant coach; they are making him the highest-paid assistant in the league, sources said.
In a statement released by the Nets, Nash said: “I am honored to have this opportunity with such a first-class organization and would like to thank Sean, Joe and his wife, Clara, for having faith in my ability to lead this team forward. Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn. I am as excited about the prospects of the team on the court as I am about moving to Brooklyn with my family and becoming impactful members of this community.”
Nash has been pursued in several capacities since his retirement in 2015, including front-office and head-coaching opportunities, sources said.