What Dallas Mavericks must do heading into next season: 3. Clear power structure
The Athletic’s story sent shockwaves throughout Mavs fandom. They reported that Haralabos Voulgaris, who is a member of the Mavericks front office and who has made his millions of dollars using analytics in sports betting, is butting heads with superstar Luka Doncic. The story details multiple incidents between the two.
Voulgaris is said to be the Mavs “ghost” GM in the piece, which later owner Mark Cuban called “laughable”.
There have been reports of Voulgaris making draft picks without consulting with the Mavs scouting department, approving trades, and even picking what lineups Rick Carlisle is to use during certain games. Cuban says it’s not true, so Mavs fans must consider that before jumping the gun here.
If there is any truth to this the owner needs to address the issue at hand as soon as possible. There shouldn’t be a struggle for power in the front office. The power should start with the owner, go down to the GM, and finally to the head coach. Having it any other way is going to cause problems internally. Before the start of the 2021-2022 season, Mark Cuban must address the problem head-on and make any necessary changes.
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