Mavs Intend To Hire Basketball Operations Chief Before Coach

The Mavericks will hire a new president of basketball operations before conducting a coaching search, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.Mark Cuban

Dallas is looking to fill both positions after Rick Carlisle stepped down as coach after 13 seasons. The decision came one day after the franchise parted ways with general manager Donnie Nelson.

As the New York Times’ Marc Stein first relayed, the Mavs have hired a search firm to potentially pursue external candidates. That firm is Sportsology, and headed by longtime English soccer executive Mike FordeStein noted.

Current Mavs director of basketball operations Michael Finley is an early candidate for the GM role, per Stein.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban told ESPN after the Mavericks lost to the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs that he intended to keep Carlisle as coach.

“Let me tell you how I look at coaching,” Cuban said. “You don’t make a change to make a change. Unless you have someone that you know is much, much, much better, the grass is rarely greener on the other side.”

The Mavs have had just two coaches in the 22 years that Cuban owned the team — Carlisle and Don Nelson.

“After a number of in-person conversations with Mark Cuban over the last week, today I informed him that I will not be returning as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks,” Carlisle told ESPN in a written statement. “This was solely my decision. My family and I have had an amazing 13-year experience working with great people in a great city.”

Carlisle was Dallas’ coach during the championship run of 2011 and compiled a 555-478 record with the Mavs overall. He previously coached the Pistons and Pacers.

“I truly love Rick Carlisle. He was not only a good coach but also a friend and a confidant,” Cuban told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “Our relationship was so much more than basketball. And I know that won’t ever change.”

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