The Dallas Mavericks had a ton of behind-the-scenes turmoil last season that was detailed by The Athletic in June, but the only major player remaining is owner Mark Cuban. The team parted with general manager and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, just one day before Rick Carlisle resigned as head coach. Now, according to the Dallas Morning News, director of quantitative research and develop Haralabos “Bob” Voulgaris did not have his contract renewed for the 2021-2022 season.
Voulgaris quickly drew the ire of Mavs fans after The Athletic’s piece was published. He had friction with superstar Luka Doncic and several members of the organization. Voulgaris had also taken power from Nelson and was even reported to be dictating lineups to coach Carlisle as he was a key player in the breakup of two of the architects of the Mavericks championship team in 2011. The Athletic’s article was disputed by Cuban, but the shakeup speaks volumes.
With Bob Voulgaris reportedly out, will things behind the scenes be better for the Dallas Mavericks moving forward?
Dallas Mavericks don’t bring back Haralabos Voulgaris: Will things improve?
Voulgaris commented on Twitter shortly after the Dallas Morning News piece ran.
The Mavs hired Nico Harrison to replace Nelson and Jason Kidd as their head coach this summer. Both men have been allowed to remake their staff, and Dallas has done well at building a cohesive leadership group.
Cuban, Harrison, Kidd, Casey Smith, Michael Finley, and Dirk Nowitzki traveled to Slovenia to be part of Luka Doncic signing his historic contract extension. Kidd also traveled to Latvia to meet with Kristaps Porzingis as the Mavericks new group is committed to building a consistent winner.
The Dallas Mavericks had to get rid of Haralabos Voulgaris after The Athletic’s report came out. It took a few months, but it was nice to see that the organization reached the same conclusion. They will now move forward with a new leadership structure as they attempt to build a title contender around Luka Doncic. Stay tuned because the best is yet to come.