April 2, 2019 / 2:15 PM / 17 days ago

Report: Nets finalizing extensions for coach Atkinson, staff

FILE PHOTO: Apr 1, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the second against the Milwaukee Bucks half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets are nearing contract extensions for head coach Kenny Atkinson and his staff, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The Nets are 39-39 ahead of Wednesday’s game against Toronto and vying for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2015. They’re currently the No. 7 seed with four games to play in a season in which they weren’t predicted to be very competitive.

Nets general manager Sean Marks hired Atkinson in 2016. Atkinson won 20 games in his first season with the team and improved to 28 wins last season.

Atkinson had been a career assistant coach with the Knicks and Hawks before landing his post with the Nets.

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