When the Nets parted ways with popular veterans Trevor Booker and Sean Kilpatrick, there was always a concern the move could disrupt the locker room. That’s why general manager Sean Marks came to talk to the players personally, and coach Kenny Atkinson spoke with them individually. Marks and Atkinson wanted to make sure the players understood why the move had to be made, and ensure they’d accept Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas — newcomers that are expected to join the team Monday in Brooklyn. “The plan going forward is to always inform these guys of important decisions like that, change of roster,” Atkinson said. “Yes, I agree; Sean and Trevor were loved in that locker room. But there’s also the business side of this. It happens with every team and it’s difficult. “But young players, young people are very adaptable. They’ll move on quickly, although they’ll miss those two guys. I think it’ll be a seamless transition. They’ll accept these two new guys and the plan for the future is to have a better Nets team going forward. That was the goal. I’m glad we explained it to the players. That’s the type of organization we want, with open communication with the players.” And it was a gesture that didn’t go unnoticed, softening the blow of trading a vocal leader in Booker and waiving a popular local in Kilpatrick.
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New York Post | Dec 11