WASHINGTON — Just because the Nets stood pat at the trade deadline, that doesn’t mean they’ll be idle in the summer. And GM Sean Marks not only knows his players have ideas about what’s needed to make this team a contender, he plans to solicit those opinions.

The same way Kenny Atkinson has learned to listen to his players and be more collaborative, turning film sessions into a think tank.

“The film sessions have been a roundtable in us figuring out, here’s the clip, how can we get better?” Atkinson said. “DeAndre [Jordan], what do you think? Garrett [Temple], what do you think? Caris [LeVert], what about that play when you came off a pick-and-roll and the guy was open in the corner? So that’s where we are, which is a good place for a team to be. I feel good about it.”

In his fourth season at the helm, Atkinson has become more comfortable in his own coaching skin, confident enough to listen as well as talk. And the Nets have veterans like Jordan and Temple, as well as champions like Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, even if both are out for the season. Failing to collaborate would be failing to coach.

“Definitely. It always used to be the teacher up there and the students couldn’t speak,” Atkinson said. “The best teachers engage their students and collaborate with their students. Especially at this, the professional level, because these guys have a lot more insight than I do on pick-and-roll defense, quite honestly.

“It’s just because they’ve lived it, they feel it. And it’s on par with what we do in our organization. When you come to a decision like that, you feel better about it. You feel good about it. Now, am I saying we do that with every decision we make? No. There’s some decisions hey, we’re doing this or this that the coach has to come to. But I’ve become much more open to that style of coaching.”

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Marks has always preached an environment where the entire front office worked in a collaborative fashion; but that’s now clearly going to include at least some of the players as well.

“These guys know the players better than anyone else. When we say to them], ‘This is what we’re looking at. Well what do you think?’ They’ll be brutally honest because they’ve got to go play with those guys,” Marks said on WFAN this week. “So I think it’s important to weigh their opinions from time to time, and we certainly do that.”

Irving had made waves after a Jan. 15 loss in Philadelphia when he said even after Durant’s return the Nets would need another one or two pieces to get to the next level.

But it was Irving who gave Marks Temple’s name as a player he’d love to bring in, and that has worked out. And both Irving and Durant brought Jordan to Brooklyn, with the veteran center being one of the Nets’ better players so far.

“I always take a select handful of players in terms of how we continue to build this. We’ve done this from Day 1: Gather their thoughts,” Marks said. “These guys know the players better than anyone else. This is what we’re looking at: Well what do you think?

“They’ll be brutally honest, because they’ve got to go play with those guys. So I think it’s important to weigh their opinions from time to time, and we certainly do that.”

Those opinions haven’t been weighed and measured yet. Now with the Nets having 25 games left after Wednesday’s game at Washington, and desperately clinging to the seventh seed in the East.

“No, we certainly haven’t had those conversations yet. Right now, it’s far too early,” Marks said. “I think we’re making the most of this season and what’s to come, and at the right time, we’ll certainly sit there with the players and go from there.”