The Mavericks and longtime general manager Donnie Nelson have decided to part ways,t team announced in a release.
“I just want to thank Donnie for his 24 years of service to this organization,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said in a statement. “Donnie has been instrumental to our success and helped bring a championship to Dallas. His hard work, creativity, and vision made him a pioneer. Donnie will always be a part of the Mavs family and I wish him all the best.”
Nelson, 58, is the son of former NBA coach Don Nelson and as Cuba noted, had been with the Mavs for more than two decades.
Nelson’s career got off the ground by always working for his father’s teams, starting with his role as a regional scout with the Bucks in 1984. He then became a top assistant coach with the Warriors from 1986-1994.
He then became an assistant with the Suns (1995-98), before rejoining his father with the Mavericks as the assistant GM. Eventually taking over the GM role from his father, who left to again become coach of the Warriors, Donnie Nelson was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2020.
Nelson had been the longest-tenured GM in the league, a role he served since 2005.