Vandeweghe takes key personnel role with Nets

Kiki Vandeweghe is heading to the New Jersey Nets as the special assistant to team president and general manager Rod Thorn.

Vandeweghe will essentially replace Ed Stefanski, who left the Nets to join the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this month. Stefanski replaced Billy King as the 76ers general manager.

A team news release said that Vandeweghe's duties will include working with Thorn to prepare for the 2008 NBA draft and " in the evaluation of current and future player personnel."

Vandeweghe was the general manager of the Denver Nuggets from 2001-2006. He has spent part of the last two seasons as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

"We are very pleased to welcome Kiki to the Nets," Thorn said in a news release from the team. "Kiki has been a mainstay in the league for almost two decades, first as an All-Star player and then as a front office executive. His experience in both areas will be an invaluable asset to the franchise, and we look forward to his contributions."

Vandeweghe, 49, played 13 seasons in the NBA for Denver, Portland, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers. As a general manager in Denver, he drafted Carmelo Anthony in 2003 and orchestrated major trades for Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby.

He also worked for the Dallas Mavericks as an assistant coach and director of player development prior to joining Denver.