Dallas Mavericks GM candidate to replace Donnie Nelson: 4. Mike Zarren
The Mavericks could also look at Boston Celtics assistant general manager and team counsel Mike Zarren for their opening. He has been with the Celts since 2005 and worked his way up the organization. Zarren is set to take on a larger role with Brad Stevens taking over as president of basketball operations. He could get a promotion by coming to Dallas as their top decision-maker.
Zarren is one of the leaders in analytics in the league and the Celtics salary cap expert, according to his bio. The Mavericks want to step up the analytics in the front office and having someone well-versed in the salary cap will be massive as the organization attempts to maximize the roster around Luka Doncic.
Mike Zarren is a Massachusetts native that has been the Celtics for 16-plus years. He may have no interest in the Dallas Mavericks opening, but it is worth taking a look his way. Zarren could bring some fresh perspectives to the organization and is more than qualified for the promotion.
Bringing in a first-time general manager is not the only option for the Mavs. Could they go big-name hunting in their search?
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