The Dallas Mavericks saw head coach Rick Carlisle resign on June 17. It came just one day after general manager and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson parted ways with the franchise. Carlisle was the Mavs coach for 13 seasons, including during their 2011 championship run. He is one of the best tactical coaches in the league. Carlisle’s in-game adjustments stand out as did his ability to maximize his roster.
The Mavericks have two important hires to make before arguably the biggest offseason in franchise history begins. Superstar Luka Doncic is expected to sign a supermax extension worth over $200 million, but the roster around him must improve if the Mavs are going to have any hope of keeping over the length of that new deal. Doncic wants to win, and he is ready to do it now.
Owner Mark Cuban is expected to hire a president of basketball operations before diving into his head coaching search, but he might want to act fast. Including the Mavericks, there are currently seven NBA head coach openings with potentially more to come. Dallas wants to win now and will need a top-flight coach to accomplish that.
Best coaching candidates to replace Rick Carlisle on the Dallas Mavericks bench
Expect the Mavs to cast a wide net in their coaching searching. They should be looking at experienced and first-time candidates. Dallas will not be able to hire a head coach with championship experience, but they could look at former players and assistants that have won rings.
Here are the five best coaching candidates for the Dallas Mavericks to consider.
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