In the wake of the Nets and Kenny Atkinson "mutually parting ways" early Saturday morning, the team will now search for the next head coach to lead the franchise, and star guard Kyrie Irving seems to reportedly have someone in mind.
Per Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill, Irving reportedly would prefer if his former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach and current Los Angeles Clipper assistant coach, Tyronn Lue, became the next person to run the Nets' locker room, according to league sources.
Lue was Irving's head coach in Cleveland for one and a half seasons and was the associate head coach behind David Blatt for another season and a half up until Blatt's firing led to his promotion.
In 2016, the duo helped lead the Cavaliers to their first championship in franchise history after coming back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the 73-9 Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Finals.
According to SNY's Ian Begley, Lue and Irving still have a good relationship.
League sources also told Goodwill that the relationship between Irving and Atkinson "soured" early in the season.
In the meantime, Nets assistant coach Jacque Vaughn will take over head coaching duties for the remainder of the season.
Irving only played 20 games for the Nets in his first season with the team and averaged 27.4 points and 6.4 assists per game in that time, before being ruled out for the season after having shoulder surgery.