Haralabos Voulgaris is no longer employed by the Dallas Mavericks. That’s according to a recent report from Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News. According to Townsend, the Mavericks “have parted ways” with Voulgaris, letting his contract expire.
Voulgaris was the center of the front office dysfunction that engulfed the Mavericks earlier this summer. The Athletic’s Tim Cato dropped a lengthy expose of the Mavericks front office power struggle on June 14, detailing how Voulgaris, then general manager and then coach Rick Carlisle, clashed over control of the team, from the direction of the roster building strategy to even lineups and rotations.
Because of that, the entire leadership hierarchy of the team was reshuffled this summer. Mark Cuban let Nelson go and Rick Carlisle left the team to coach the Indiana Pacers. Nico Harrison and Jason Kidd were hired to replace the roles, respectively, but Voulgaris still remained. It was a bit awkward, with Cuban refusing to comment on Voulgaris status and Harrison having to field questions about his employment during his initial interviews with Dallas media.
Townsend’s story about Voulgaris departure emphasizes that Voulgaris was not fired, but his contract was not renewed, which is a pretty funny way of looking at it. It’s apparent Cuban did not want to fire one of his guys, but the end result is still the same no matter how the Mavericks choose to word it — Voulgaris is out.
Voulgaris tweeted out a response to the news shortly after Townsend’s report dropped.
“I haven’t commented since the season ended. Just for clarification I asked to be let out of my contract, was denied. Since then I’ve been waiting for my contract to expire,” Voulgaris wrote. “Grateful for the experience, learned a lot, and got the chance to work with some great people.”
Now the Mavericks can truly have a fresh start in the front office with training camp starting on Tuesday.