Latest On Mavs’ Search For Head Of Basketball Operations

The Mavericks won’t be pursuing established big names such as Danny Ainge or Masai Ujiri in their search for a new head of basketball operations, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.Michael Finley

Instead, as Stein previously relayed, the Mavs are likely to focus on-in house candidates such as current vice president of basketball operations and former Mavs guard Michael Finley.

The Mavs are looking to replace former general manager Donnie Nelson, who parted ways with the franchise after 24 years with the organization.

Ainge just stepped down as Celtics president/GM, while Ujiri is president of the Raptors. But both of those executives would “surely want more autonomy” than Mavs owner Mark Cuban is willing to cede, Stein wrote.

Dallas just added legend Dirk Nowitzki as a special advisor, and Finley is said to be a favorite of both Nowitzki and current star Luka Doncic.

“Cuban needs to surround himself with as much versatility and experience as the Mavericks can muster, since he will always be the organization’s lead shot-caller and prefers to render the final say after consulting top aides,” Stein wrote.

Either way, Cuban is expected to hire a new GM before a coach. While Finley is among the early candidates, the Mavs are also bringing in an outside search firm.

Former Mavs coach Rick Carlisle left the franchise one day after Nelson departed. Carlisle had been with Dallas for 13 seasons.

Doncic said he was disappointed by the fact Nelson will no longer be with the team, though Doncic is still expected to sign a supermax contract extension this offseason.

“It was kind of tough on me,” Doncic told reporters in Slovenia, where he’s preparing to help his home country try to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. “I really like Donnie. It was tough on me, seeing that, but I’m not the one making decisions there.”

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