Dallas Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson departs franchise after 24 years

Dallas Mavericks Donnie Nelson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks have made the playoffs two straight years but were eliminated by the LA Clippers in the first round both times. Luka Doncic produced otherworldly numbers in the series, but his supporting cast was not good enough.

The Mavs are entering a crucial offseason. They need to get Luka more help. The roster has to improve, and Dallas must find the pieces that help them jump into title contention. Luka wants to win and keeping him long-term will depend on the franchise’s ability to do just that.

General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson and the Dallas Mavericks agreed to mutually part ways it was announced on June 16. This comes on the heels of The Athletic reporting there was a power struggle within the organization. The news of Nelson’s departure after 24 years with the organization is massive. Here is a closer look at why.

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The Athletic reported that Bob Voulgaris had assumed some of the power and some rival teams were not sure who was the lead decision-maker for the Mavericks. Following that news, it comes as no surprise that Nelson is leaving the organization. He was GM since 2005, so losing some decision-making power could be the culprit behind his exit.

Where do the Mavs go from here? They will be searching for a new top executive on the heels of the most important offseason in franchise history. Owner Mark Cuban has the final say over all decisions, but who will be working the trades and free-agent signings for the Mavericks this summer?

The move could be viewed as a positive by fans. Yes, Donnie Nelson was the GM during the Mavs lone title in franchise history in 2011. He also drafted the two best international players in NBA history in Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic. Nelson wanted to make it three with Giannis Antetokounmpo, but he was overruled by Cuban. His track record at signing free agents is less than stellar, though. Perhaps, a new lead executive can put the pieces around Luka that makes Dallas title contenders again.

It figures to be a crucial offseason for the Dallas Mavericks, so stay tuned for plenty more including where they go in their search for a new general manager. Do not miss it.

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