The Dallas Mavericks have made massive changes already this offseason. Donnie Nelson was ousted as the team’s top executive after 24 years with the franchise. The following day, head coach Rick Carlisle resigned after 13 seasons at the helm. Owner Mark Cuban hired Nico Harrison as president of basketball operations and general manager with Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd taking over as head coach.
The hiring of Harrison left questions about Michael Finley and his role with the team moving forward. Finely spent seven seasons in the front office under Nelson with the last three serving as vice president of basketball operations. Would the two-time All-Star player stay under Harrison?
Harrison talked about working with Finley in his introductory press conference, but fans did not have clarity on the situation until Marc Stein dropped the news on July 28. Here is a look at the latest.
Michael Finley signs new deal and lands expanded role with Dallas Mavericks
Stein tweeted out the Finley news on Wednesday afternoon.
Finely is one of the Mavericks’ top decision-makers. He will join Mark Cuban, Nico Harrison, Jason Kidd, and Dirk Nowitzki as the team’s five key front office pillars. Finley brings plenty experience in multiple roles to the group. Harrison will be able to rely on Finley’s front office know-how as he gets acclimated with being a top decision-maker in the NBA.
The Mavs also hired Andrew Baker as a cap specialist. The reworked front office is tasked with building a title contender around Luka Doncic. Stein dropped the rumor that Dallas is targeting free agents Kyle Lowry and Tim Hardaway Jr. this summer. Can the new front office make the deals happen?
Expect plenty of Dallas Mavericks rumors and news in the coming days. The Smoking Cuban will have it all, plus reactions and analysis on the moves. Be sure to check back often for all the latest.