Two of the Mavericks’ longest-serving employees are absent.
Enter an even more familiar face.
Dirk Nowitzki will assist owner Mark Cuban and the Mavericks as special advisor in their search for a new president of basketball operations, head coach and other front office decisions, announced Friday. the team.
Former general manager Donnie Nelson and coach Rick Carlisle – who have been part of Nowitzki’s team operations and career for the past two decades – parted ways with the Mavericks on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
“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. ”
Since Nowitzki retired in April 2019 after a historic 21-season career in Dallas, Cuban has said he will give the legendary Maverick any position in the organization Nowitzki wants whenever he wants to return.
Nowitzki’s involvement in replacing Nelson and Carlisle will not be permanent, but his presence in the process should foster some continuity at a time of brutal upheaval for the team.
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