Say It Ain’t So, Joe!!!

By The Associated Press
Updated: July 6, 2010

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Joe Dumars says he is not a candidate for a job with the New Jersey Nets

Responding to reports that he could be a replacement for Rod Thorn, the Detroit president insisted Monday he doesn’t have “any interest in a basketball operations position with the Nets.”

Dumars told the Detroit Free Press, “My priority is to continue leading the Pistons’ basketball operations efforts and putting together a team that is ready to compete and get back on track next season.”

Thorn is leaving next week after 10 years as Nets president.

General managers Jeff Bower of New Orleans and Sam Presti of Oklahoma City, and Nets vice president Bobby Marks are among the leading candidates to replace Thorn.