Kenny Atkinson nearing contract extension with Nets, report says

The Nets are looking to sign their coaching staff to extensions.

Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson and his assistants are close to receiving new contracts, according to an ESPN report, which cites unidentified league sources.

The deal is expected to be done in the “near future,” the report says.

Atkinson, 51, left a job as an assistant with he Hawks to become the Nets coach in 2016. Although Brooklyn didn’t make the playoffs in his first two seasons at the helm, it currently sits in seventh in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Nets have steadily improved under Atkinson. After posting just 20 wins in 2016-17, they have ascended to become a 39-win team with four games left in the regular season.

Trading for All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell and drafting promising young players like Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert have been key for Brooklyn. But it has also signed other players that fit its style of basketball.

Atkinson and his staff have a chance to take the Nets to the postseason for the first time since 2015. Now it appears they’ll be rewarded for their efforts.