The Dallas Mavericks announced that long-time head coach Rick Carlisle stepped down effective immediately on June 17. Fans were not expecting the news, especially after owner Mark Cuban backed him following their first-round playoff loss to the LA Clippers.
This news only came shortly after the team parted ways with general manager and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.
Cuban and the Mavericks are searching for two key positions this offseason. Dirk Nowitzki returned to the franchise as a special advisor to aid in the search. Here are some candidates that should be in the running to be the next head coach.
Favorite to be Dallas Mavericks head coach: Jamahl Mosley
Jamahl Mosley is projected by a lot of media outlets to be the next head coach in Dallas. Doncic said after Mosely filled in for Rick Carlisle for a game this season that he has the skills to be a leading man in the league.
Mosley will likely be a head coach in the league this offseason as he is on other team’s radars that are searching for a new leader. Why not just make it easy and promote him to head coach of Dallas Mavericks and make Luka happy.
In the running for Dallas Mavericks head coach: Becky Hammon
Spurs coach Greg Popovich has endorsed Hammon to GMs across the league for coaching vacancies.
Becky Hammon knows Mavericks assistant coach Jenny Boueck, and they could make a fantastic female coaching duo in the league. It would be cool for the Mavericks to be a part of NBA history with having the first female head coach in the league.
In the running for Dallas Mavericks head coach: Mike D’Antoni
Mike D’Antoni is not the top choice to be the next head coach, but his 3-point shooting offense would work well with Luka and Kristaps Porzingis. D’Antoni has also handled big personalities in the past in multiple stops.
He has made the playoffs ten times in his 16 seasons as a head coach in the NBA. D’Antoni would be a fantastic option if Dallas decides they want a veteran head coach in their search.
Wildcard to be Dallas Mavericks head coach: Pablo Laso, Real Madrid
This one probably won’t happen but write it down as a wildcard pick. Pablo Laso was Doncic’s when he played at Real Madrid, and he helped him grow into the player he is today.
Wouldnt it be cool for Laso to be reunited with Doncic on the Mavericks. It could be an option if Cuban wants to keep Luka in Dallas past his soon-to-be signed supermax extension. Laso just signed a contract extension with Real Madrid, though.
Mark Cuban said the Dallas Mavericks would focus on finding their next general manager first, so it could be a while before the team has a new head coach. Maybe the Mavs drop another news bombshell tomorrow?
All fans need to know now is Luka Doncic will have his say in who the next head coach is going to be.