Nets likely to wake up coaching staff after tough season

When a Nets team that was the pick to win the title by both Vegas and NBA GMs finished just seventh in the East — and was swept in the first round of the playoffs — some wondered if they could see another one next season. would have a head coach.

The answer is no. But Steve Nash probably seems to have several assistants.

Nash was with Nets general manager Sean Marks at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago this week. And as Nash’s former assistant Ime Udoka coaches Boston in the Eastern Conference finals against Miami – after beating the Nets and then defending champion Bucks – Brooklyn is looking at a staff exchange.

“Between Steve, myself and [Nets owner] Joe Tsai, we’ve spent a lot of time meeting,” Marks said. “It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that when you finish a season like we did, it’s disappointed and frustrated, and it’s also a time to think and look in the mirror. And everyone has to do that, from the entire basketball operations department.

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“The same goes for me, as a leader. We have to look and say, ‘What went wrong? How can we fix it? … How can we change things?’ Whether that is the vision, or whether it is as simple as the grid construction. Whether that’s from Steve’s point of view, how we coach the games and how we prepare for the 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. A friend of Nash for nearly two decades, the duo played six high-octane seasons together in Phoenix from 2004-10 and two more years as coaches in Brooklyn. Stoudemire praised the coaching work Nash has done.

According to Marc Stein, assistants David Vanterpool and Adam Harrington – who is also director of player development – are now likely gone. Marks talked about getting back to the roots of their player development. Sources have told The Post that there may be even more sales at the front office.

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

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Brooklyn is also interested in bringing in James Borrego as an assistant, according to NetsDaily. Not only did he match Clifford’s resume as head coach of both the Magic and the Hornets — this year’s 43-39 score in Charlotte was just a game behind Brooklyn — but he has worked with Marks not once, but twice.

Borrego – who was Jacque Vaughn’s current assistant and Nets successor in Orlando – was an assistant to San Antonio from 2003-10, with Marks playing for the Spurs during the first three of those seasons. He returned to Gregg Popovich’s bench in 2015-16, when Mark’s assistant was GM.

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