5:40 p.m.: Tim Cato of The Athletic reports that assistant coach Jamahl Mosley would be “the locker room’s preference to fill the head coaching vacancy”. Cato notes Doncic has respect and a positive relationship with Mosley.
However, the Mavericks' first order of business is hiring a general manager, and that will impact the coaching changes.
2:00 p.m.: Luka Doncic spoke to reporters Thursday during a regularly scheduled media event with the Slovenian national team as they prepare for qualifications for the upcoming Olympics. During this presser, Doncic was asked about the departure of Donnie Nelson.
Much has been said online about Doncic’s response to Donnie Nelson leaving the team, but thanks to our Slovenian staff Iztok, we were able to get the audio and even translate some of his other quotes. Check it out for yourself.
9:30 a.m.: The latest reports since Nelson’s departure has the Mavericks hiring a consulting firm to help find Nelson’s replacement, while acknowledging that current front office member Michael Finley is also a candidate.
In regards to the status of Haralabos Voulgaris, there are varying rumors. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Conner said on a live broadcast on Tuesday that Voulgaris contract would not be renewed after it expires later this summer, while others have pushed back on that, including one of O’Conner’s collogues on that same broadcast.
In case you missed it, here’s what Mark Cuban had to say in a statement sent to the media yesterday afternoon after the Nelson news dropped. It is still the only public comments Cuban has made about the news.
“I just want to thank Donnie for his 24 years of service to this organization,” Cuban said. “Donnie has been instrumental to our success and helped bring a championship to Dallas. His hard work, creativity and vision made him a pioneer. Donnie will always be a part of the Mavs family and I wish him all the best.”
We’ll keep this post updated with every latest rumor as the Mavericks search for a new president of basketball operations and general manager.
Here’s our episode of the Mavs Moneyball Podcast discussing the Dallas Mavericks moving on from Donnie Nelson. Search Mavs Moneyball Podcast on your favorite app to find the episode, click the link, or press play in the player below.