Jacque Vaughn Inks Multiyear Extension with Brooklyn Nets
Former Kansas Jayhawk star Jacque Vaughn is set to be with the Brooklyn Nets for quite a while longer. He signed a deal Tuesday to be the franchise’s coach through the 2026-27 season, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Vaughn’s current deal was set to expire following this season and included a team option for the 2023-24 campaign. But now he’ll have several more years on top of that with an extension for which the terms have not been publicly disclosed by the organization.
“Jacque has made an immediate and immeasurable impact on our entire organization since assuming the role of head coach earlier this season,” said Nets general manager Sean Marks, in a statement released by the team. “On the court, he’s clearly demonstrated his leadership through his ability to connect and communicate at a very high level while displaying tremendous instincts for the game. As a person, they don’t come any better than Jacque.”
Vaughn, of course, took over duties on Nov. 1 when Brooklyn parted ways with Steve Nash. He’s compiled a 32-19 record while helping the team transition through the losses of superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving via trade.
Following the two’s trades to Phoenix and Dallas, respectively, Brooklyn has gone 2-2. With now four new players in its starting lineup, the team is 34-24 overall and sits in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
This piece of news will obviously bring some stability to a Nets organization that has had little of that in recent days.
“His character is impeccable, and there is not a better representative for our team and our borough,” Marks said. “We are thrilled to have Jacque lead the Nets for years to come.”
Vaughn previously served as the Orlando Magic’s head coach for two-plus seasons from 2012-15 and worked as an assistant at San Antonio, in addition to Brooklyn. He spent time with five different franchises as a player after concluding his college career at Kansas.