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Dallas Mavericks: 5 potential candidates to replace Donnie Nelson

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The Dallas Mavericks and general manager Donnie Nelson split after 24 years together on June 16. He was the longest-tenured GM in the league. Nelson joined the Mavs before owner Mark Cuban. The split came on the heels of The Athletic reporting there was tension in the team’s front office, including some rival teams questioning who was the top decision-maker for the Mavericks.

Nelson time in Dallas should be celebrated. He had a hand in bringing Dirk Nowitzki to the Mavericks. Donnie was the GM during the team’s lone championship season in 2011. He also was the man behind drafting Luka Doncic. Nelson was in Europe scouting the current superstar when Luka was 14 years old. Yes, there were plenty of misses during his tenure with the Mavericks, but Nelson also brought plenty of success.

With Donnie Nelson out, Dallas will be searching for a new general manager and president of basketball operations ahead of the most important offseason in franchise history. The Mavs must improve the roster around Doncic. Owner Mark Cuban will have the final say, but Dallas needs someone working out the deals. Who could the Mavericks target?

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Potential candidates to replace Donnie Nelson as Dallas Mavericks GM

Expect a wide pool of applications for the job. The Mavs have been built on continuity for years. NBA executives will value that. The list of candidates could range from former players to current executives to agents. The Mavericks could take a look at everyone from agents like Billy Duffy and Rich Paul to former players such as Chauncey Billups, Tayshaun Prince, and Elton Brand. Expect plenty of interest in attempting to build around an all-time great in Luka Doncic.

Here are five potential candidates the Dallas Mavericks could pursue to replace Donnie Nelson.

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