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Nets concentrating on replacing Thorn

Though it now appears that LeBron James won't be making a decision about his future employer until later in the week, the Nets have made no firm plans to talk to other free agents.

What they have been doing is reaching out to candidates to replace president and general manager Rod Thorn, who is set to retire July 15. The team already has interviewed Hornets general manager Jeff Bower. And despite the fact that Pistons president Joe Dumars told The Detroit News on Monday that he has not talked to the Nets, a league source confirmed that the team is interested in him.

Why would Dumars want to leave the Pistons, the team he starred for as a player and then rebuilt as an executive? The only thinking could be that he isn't all that comfortable with Pistons owner Karen Davidson's decision to sell the team.

Whoever replaces Thorn could have quite a team to work with. The Nets, who are $30 million under the cap, still believe they are in the running to land James, who is the most celebrated free agent in the history of the sport. The Nets were one of six teams to make a pitch to James in the the past week.

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