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Dallas Mavericks rumors: Team not pursuing Masai Ujiri or Danny Ainge

Dallas Mavericks Masai Ujiri Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Masai Ujiri Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks are searching for a lead executive after Donnie Nelson mutually parted ways with the team following 24 years of service. Nelson was a key figure in the organization drafting both Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic. There were plenty of misses during his tenure, but Nelson made a massive impact and changed the way teams scout international prospects.

Owner Mark Cuban brought back Dirk to help him in the search for both a new president of basketball operations and head coach. Rick Carlisle resigned one day after Nelson’s departure. He spent 13 seasons coaching the Mavericks, including leading them to a championship in 2011.

It is a massive offseason for the Mavs. They are attempting to improve their roster around Luka, along with hiring two key decision-makers. The offseason rumor mill is heating up too. Here is the latest on Dallas’ search for a lead executive, courtesy of Marc Stein.

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Rumors: Dallas Mavericks not pursuing Masai Ujiri or Danny Ainge

Marc Stein reported in his weekly newsletter that the Mavs are not going after Masai Ujiri or Danny Ainge in their search for a new president of basketball operations. He also notes that Michael Finley is getting significant consideration for the position.

Stein followed up with the following on Twitter.

The Mavericks should be looking at every candidate. Ultimately, they must hire a lead executive that owner Mark Cuban trusts. Cuban is expected to retain control over basketball decisions, but he needs to trust in the opinion of his top executive. Dallas must have a clear chain of command in their new front office to avoid a repeat of what just happened too.

The Dallas Mavericks are still in the early stages of their search for a new top executive, but they must act fast. The offseason is right around the corner and the transactions will begin heating up. Stay tuned to see how the most important summer in franchise history shakes out.

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