Michael Finley, former Dallas Mavericks All-Star, has agreed with the Mavericks for a new role and title within the Dallas front office, NBA insider Marc Stein reported Thursday. Finley, who worked next to former general manager Donnie Nelson, is now assistant general manager and vice president of basketball operations.
Stein calls it an “expanded role” next to Mavericks general manager and head of basketball operations Nico Harrison. Harrison was hired in July after owner Mark Cuban fired Nelson, part of a leadership shake up in the Mavericks front office after multiple reports of inner turmoil within the Mavericks front office.
Finley has worked in the Mavericks front office since 2013, after playing with Dallas from 1996 to 2005. Inside the Mavericks front office, Finley was known to take on some major draft responsibilities, especially when it came to domestic scouting, while Nelson obviously had a big handle on international. It is currently unknown how big a voice Finley has next to Harrison and Cuban, but he is regarded fondly within the organization and across the league. Finley interviewed with the Chicago Bulls in 2020 for their vacant general manager opening.