In what has been a day of breaking information within the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks added to that with the announcement that longtime GM Donnie Nelson and the staff have determined to mutually half methods.
The announcement was simply considered one of many to rock the NBA world on Wednesday.
Workforce proprietor Mark Cuban thanked Nelson for all his years of service:
“I simply wish to thank Donnie for his 24 years of service to this group,” staff proprietor Mark Cuban stated in an announcement launched by the staff.
“Donnie has been instrumental to our success and helped deliver a championship to Dallas. His exhausting work, creativity, and imaginative and prescient made him a pioneer. Donnie will all the time be a part of the Mavs household and I want him all one of the best.”
Nelson labored with the Mavs since his father, coach Don Nelson, was coach and common supervisor within the Nineties.
He drafted future Corridor of Famer Dirk Nowitzki and traded for Corridor of Fame level guard Steve Nash not lengthy after being employed in 1998.
Nelson isn’t solely chargeable for bringing two MVPs collectively, however he additionally the architect for the 2011 championship squad.
Whereas being eradicated in each Mavs playoff sequence since 2011 stands out as the greatest purpose he’s parting methods, the affect of sports activities bettor Bob Voulgaris can also have one thing to do together with his departure.
Earlier this week, The Athletic reported on tensions throughout the Mavs group since Cuban employed Voulgaris.
Since his hiring in 2018, Voulgaris has had a say in each massive transfer the Mavs have made, together with even going above GM Donnie Nelson and different executives.
Donnie Nelson will also be credited with swinging the draft-day deal that landed the Mavericks celebrity Luka Doncic, who has his personal tensions with Voulgaris and others within the entrance workplace.