Source: Nets readying short list of 2-3 for GM vacancy

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets' braintrust will meet this weekend and get down to a short list of two or three candidates for its general manager opening, a league source told ESPN's Chris Broussard.

The frontrunners are believed to be two-time executive of the year Bryan Colangelo, Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks.

The Nets are not rushing to make their decision before the Feb. 18 trade deadline, although it could happen before then, according to the source.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov told ESPN.com on Wednesday that his search committee's first round of interviews is over, and they were in the process of compiling a short list of candidates.

"We've finished our first round of homework, now we're onto our second -- the short list," Prokhorov said.

The Nets conducted interviews from Monday to Wednesday -- and in addition to Colangelo, Karnisovas and Marks, that list is believed to have also included Houston Rockets vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, former Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry, Indiana Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, former Cleveland Cavaliers GM Chris Grant and Brooklyn assistant GM Frank Zanin.

The 14-40 Nets have spoken to about over a dozen candidates during the process. Thursday marks exactly a month since they demoted Billy King and reassigned him within the organization.

ESPN.com's Mike Mazzeo contributed to this report.