Nets center Timofey Mozgov criticzed head coach Kenny Atkinson multiple times when talking to reporters this month.
Mozgov said Atkinson, who has coached the Nets to a 48-116 record in two years since taking over, tried talking to him about his displeasure with the Nets' losing and his lack of playing time, but said he was not pleased with the response.
"I tried to speak to Atkinson but he was not able to give me answer," Mozgov told a Russian media outlet 10 days ago, according to SB Nation. "Anyway I'm confident. Just want to play for Brooklyn or any other NBA team. ... I tried to talk to him, but I did not succeed in drawing out something intelligible."
The 31-year-old Mozgov, who has played for four teams in the past four years, averaged only 11.6 minutes per game in 31 games last season with Brooklyn, which finished 28-54.
"I'm very dissatisfied with my NBA season," told Scorum.com four days ago last week, according to SB Nation. "It was a hard one and really bad. The breaking point came quite unexpectedly. The coach just said: 'This is the situation we have.' There were no transitional periods, just like this: Bang! I had a personal talk to the coach later, but it did not help. Probably the coach had some ideas about me, but he failed to get them through, at least I did not understand anything. The team meeting at the end of the season did not make things clear either. There haven't been any talks about the next season, so we'll wait and see."
Mozgov has two years and $32.72 million remaining on his contract. He signed a four-year, $64 million deal with the Lakers two years ago but was part of the trade that brought D'Angelo Russell to Brooklyn.
"I don't know any reason why I first lost my place in the starting five and then not playing even a minute," he told a Russian outlet. "But it's the head coach's decision and he is responsible for result."