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Dallas Mavericks Donnie Nelson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Donnie Nelson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Danny Ainge Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks GM candidate to replace Donnie Nelson: 3. Danny Ainge

If the Mavs are searching for a proven general manager with championship experience, Ainge recently retired after running the Celtics since 2003. He was the architect of Boston’s championship team in 2008 and has a long track record of winning.

Ainge won two championships and was an All-Star in 1988 during his 14-year NBA career. He knows how to build a winner and what it takes to win a title in the league.

Should Dallas be interested in Ainge? He struggled to build around current stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Four-time All-Star Kemba Walker wants out of Boston after Ainge attempted to trade him, according to Bleacher Report’s Farbod Esnaashari. In the piece, he notes that Kemba is not the only player that did not trust Boston’s front office under Ainge.

It is a crucial hire for owner Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks. Yes, Danny Ainge has a championship on his resume, but is the right fit to build a title-contending team around Luka Doncic? If Cuban wants experience, there are few names out there with more than Ainge. Expect him to be in consideration if he wants to be, but the Mavs should avoid hiring the former Celtics’ top executive.

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