The Dallas Mavericks are trying to build something special around superstar Luka Doncic. They revamped the front office last summer with general manager Nico Harrison taking over the lead role, and they hired Andrew Baker away from the Brooklyn Nets to be their cap specialist. Harrison and new head coach Jason Kidd spearheaded the team to the conference finals in year one.
The Mavericks had a front office opening this summer after Keith Grant retired. Grant joined the team during their inaugural season, and he spent 41 years with the franchise. The Mavs legend served as assistant general manager since 1996, and he was the last member of the front office that had been there since the start.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Mavericks are bringing Matt Riccardi home to fill their open role in the front office. Here is a look at more on their latest hire.
Dallas Mavericks add to front office by hiring Matt Riccardi away from Nets
Riccardi spent 13 years with the Nets as he worked his way up from intern to director of scouting operations and general manager of their G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. He began working as an intern under then-Nets VP of basketball operations and now ESPN analyst Bobby Marks.
The 36-year-old is known for his scouting ability, and he should fit right as working with Baker in Brooklyn is far from his only connection to the Mavericks. He worked with head coach Jason Kidd, Sean Sweeney, and Greg St. Jean when they were all in Brooklyn too. Riccardi should fit right in and add to plenty to the Mavs front office.
Riccardi is credited with helping the Nets acquire Spencer Dinwiddie and Theo Pinson, who are both now with the Mavericks. There will be plenty of familiarity in his new role, and Riccardi could help the team land some underappreciated talent in the years ahead.
The Dallas Mavericks helped Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber become key rotation pieces after going undrafted. Finding those players on the cheap is massive when building around a superstar on a max contract. Matt Riccardi is known for his scouting, and his presence could be massive for the Mavs moving forward.