Why Dallas Mavericks are facing most important offseason: 5. New president of basketball ops
The Mavs have not hired a new lead executive since 2005. Donnie Nelson joined the Mavericks in 1998, two years before Mark Cuban bought the team. His father, Don Nelson, was the general manager of the Mavericks from 1997 to 2005. The duo has been the lead executive in Dallas since before many people reading this were born.
The only change during Cuban’s ownership was from Don to Donnie. The Mavericks owner will be searching for a new voice this offseason. Marc Stein reported the organization plans to hire at least one outside executive, even if they promote the new president of basketball operations from within.
Cuban is expected to retain the final say on all basketball decisions, but hiring a new top executive adds another element of importance to this offseason. The Mavericks must hire someone the owner is going to listen to and trust. They also need a clear leadership structure to avoid a repeat of their recent dysfunction. That starts with hiring a top executive that Cuban believes in.
Finding a new president of basketball operations is just the start of the most important offseason for the Dallas Mavericks.
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