Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki has joined the franchise as a special advisor who will help with the hiring process for a new general manager and coach and consult on other front office decisions, the team announced on Friday.
“Mark Cuban has approached me for a special advisor role and I am happy to support my Mavs,” Nowitzki said in a statement. “Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle were both mentors and have played a huge role in my career and the success of this franchise, and I will miss them. It is important for me now to join Mark and contribute as much as possible as I can. as we move forward. “
Nowitzki’s return comes as the Mavericks take on a new direction after Carlisle resigned Thursday after 13 years as a Mavericks coach. The move came to light a day after Nelson left after 24 seasons with the franchise.
Nowitzki, who scored a franchise record of 31,560 points in his 21-year career entirely with the Mavericks, has not been involved in the franchise in any official capacity since his retirement after the 2018-19 season.
Nowitzki, former Mavericks teammate and current executive vice president of basketball operations Michael Finley and a select group of longtime trusted employees met with Cuba at his request Thursday morning to discuss the way forward for franchise, sources told ESPN.
Sources say Jason Kidd, Nowitzki’s co-star on the 2010-11 Mavericks Championship squad, was informally discussed as a coaching candidate within the squad, but Cuban intends to hire a new head of basketball operations before searching for coaches.
Mavericks assistant coach Jamahl Mosley, who has a close relationship with Luka Doncic, is expected to be among the candidates being considered to replace Carlisle.
Cuban hired Sportsology, a consulting firm frequently used by NBA teams that hire general managers, to help find Nelson’s replacement.