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Nets Assistant John Welch likely to join George Karl's coaching staff

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While there's a lot of work to be done on the Kings roster this offseason, head coach George Karl is also in the midst of rebuilding his coaching staff.  Karl had inherited Mike Malone/Tyrone Corbin's staff midway through last season with the only addition being offensive guru Vance Walberg.  Walberg had been one of Karl's assistants in Denver.  A couple weeks ago it was announced that Karl had snagged yet another of his former assistants in Philadelphia's Chad Iske.

Buried in the Adrian Wojnarowski's report of Iske's hiring was a mention of John Welch, another former Karl assistant (I'm sensing a pattern here) who Karl was looking at adding to the staff.  At the time the Nets were still in the playoffs and no deal could be made, but now that Brooklyn has entered the offseason, it appears Welch might head out west.

From Scott Howard-Cooper:

Nets Daily reached out to their Nets sources and got a confirmation of sorts:

"He has not made a decision," the source told NetsDaily, implying that Welch has indeed been offered the job.

The Denver Post did a good profile on Welch back in 2012, calling him Denver's "secret weapon". Former Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri had this to say about Welch for that profile (bold emphasis mine):

Asked to talk about Welch's importance, Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri said: "I don't want to talk about him — because I don't want any other team to take him. He's the best, he's the best in the NBA, there's no doubt about it. No disrespect to anybody, but he's the best player development coach in the NBA. He takes basketball seriously — his work, his trade."

Player development is a big need for Sacramento given their abundance of youth.  Karl is adding a lot of talent to his bench, and hopefully it will pay dividends on the court next season.