The Brooklyn Nets are currently a mess, but they can start gaining back some credibility and respectability as an organization by hiring the right general manager. It’s why they’ve been so thorough in their search process for a new GM, gauging potential interest and narrowing down their list of candidates.

That list might include Danny Ferry, but given all his negative baggage compounded with the current state of the franchise -- which happens to be located in perhaps the biggest melting pot in America -- it would be a mistake to hire him.

Ferry ultimately stepped down from his post as GM of the Atlanta Hawks after he read a racially insensitive scouting report about potential free agent-to-be Luol Deng during a conference call with ownership.

The scouting report said that Deng -- who will face the Nets on Tuesday night at Barclays Center as a member of Miami Heat -- “has a little African in him” before adding, “He’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.”

Behind the scenes, former GM Billy King has been pushing Ferry’s candidacy. King and Ferry played together at Duke and are lifelong friends. They both interviewed for the Nets’ GM job in 2010 before Ferry ultimately dropped out and went to Atlanta. And despite being demoted, King still manages to hold influence with owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s No. 2, Dmitry Razumov.