Why Dallas Mavericks are facing most important offseason: 4. New head coach
Owner Mark Cuban backed Rick Carlisle following the team’s first-round playoff exit, but the head coach decided to resign just ten days later. Carlisle was hired in 2008 and lead the Mavs to a championship in 2011. He is widely regarded as one of the league’s top coaches.
Dallas faces a difficult decision in finding his replacement. No head coach with championship experience is expected to be available. The Mavericks will have to decide between a first-time head coach and a veteran looking for another crack at winning their first title.
Owner Mark Cuban and his new president of basketball operations have to get it right. Fans have seen several coaching flameouts in recent years. The Pacers and Pelicans both just fired their head coach after just one season in charge. Phoenix fired Igor Kokoskov in 2019 after just one year at the helm. The Mavericks want to be title contenders, so they cannot afford to waste a season with the wrong head coach.
Dallas is far from done after finding their new president of basketball operations and head coach. The next step will be improving the roster around Luka Doncic enough to jump into the title picture.
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