The Dallas Mavericks had to replace two key figures in the organization this offseason. General manager and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson mutually parted ways with the franchise after 24 years. He had been GM since 2005. The next day, head coach Rick Carlisle resigned after 13 years in Dallas. Owner Mark Cuban had plenty of work to do to fill both positions.
The signings of Jason Kidd as head coach and Nico Harrison as general manager became official on June 28. Both men are in Dallas and getting right to work on their new jobs. The two have a longstanding relationship.
Let us take a look at the official announcements from the Mavericks and more on each candidate’s new role within the organization.
Dallas Mavericks make Jason Kidd and Nico Harrison signings official
The Mavs kicked it off with the announcement of Harrison as their new general manager. See the tweet below.
Harrison’s work at Nike gives him incredible connections. He is also a skilled relationship builder and negotiator. The question will be how his talent evaluation translates to the NBA, but he could be the perfect fit for the Mavericks. Harrison is going to work hand-in-hand with Michael Finley. The duo will report to owner Mark Cuban, who maintains the final say in all decisions.
The Mavericks quickly followed with the announcement of Jason Kidd as their next head coach.
Kidd needs zero introduction. He was the starting point guard on the Mavs’ 2011 championship squad. The Hall of Famer is a basketball savant, but his track record as a head coach is not stellar. Kidd spent one season coaching the Brooklyn Nets before being traded to the Bucks. In his four seasons in Milwaukee, he went 139-152 and was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs twice. The Bucks won 60 games the year after Kidd’s midseason firing.
There is no questioning J-Kidd’s basketball acumen, though. Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki strongly supported the hire of his former teammate. Here are five ways Kidd’s time in Dallas could be different than his previous two stops.
Kidd and Harrison are two of five key decision-makers for the Dallas Mavericks going forward. Cuban leads the way with Michael Finley and Dirk also having important voices. Those five will look to build a title contender around Luka Doncic this summer.
A wild offseason is just beginning in Dallas. Expect plenty of rumors and moves before training camp kicks off again. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks.