Mar 15, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Charlotte Bobcats power forward Eduardo Najera (21) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Bobcats 101-96. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
"I've actually been talking to Donnie (the Mavs GM and the owner of the D-League Texas Legends) for two years about someday going into coaching,'' Eddie tells me. "Hey, if I'm going to retire, I've got to start doing something, right?''
I asked Najera about reports that Brooklyn, Houston and Minnesota are all interested in talking with him about extending his playing career.
...politics to myriad buisness opportunities to coaching in the NBA ... they are all viable options for Eddie if he opts to retire.
The coaching career wouldn't likely start downtown, even as the Mavs have a vacancy due to Terry Stotts moving to take over the Blazers. More likely, Najera could move in with the Legends, possibly working alongside Del Harris.
"I live five minutes away from the (Legends headquarters in Frisco),'' Eddie says. "I haven't made up my mind yet. I'm going to visit with Donnie and with my family. But if I decide to go that way, it's a good fit."
For the younger readers who may not know, Eduardo Najera began his career with Dallas in 2000-'01, playing the first four seasons of a 12 year career there, where he was a scrappy, hustling fan favorite and just the 2nd Mexican-born player in NBA history. I noticed him at the Summer League and, to be honest, I thought he had already made the transition into coaching.