The Dallas Mavericks are going through a tough time with Donnie Nelson’s sacking, Rick Carlisle’s departure and uncertainty about Luka Doncic.
It has been a very busy week for the Dallas Mavericks. They have been on the news for all the wrong reasons. The Mavs recently fired their long serving general manager Donnie Nelson.
He was with the franchise for 24 years and was one to spot the talent in Luka Doncic. The events at the franchise peaked when head coach Rick Carlisle decided to part ways.
The Mavericks are known for their continuity over the years and now with things changing every second day proves the mismanagement in the front office. A lot of reports believe that Carlisle’s departure was due to growing tension between him and Doncic.
There were reports also suggesting that the Slovenian is not happy with Haralabos Voulgaris. He is the “Director of Quantitative Research and Development but holds more power than his title. He is close to owner Mark Cuban which allows him to have a say in trades, free agency and even lineup rotations in matchdays.
So recently Doncic in a game called out Carlisle to do his thing rather than following instructions from Voulgaris. The incident reportedly made their relationship sour and it can be one of the reasons why Carlisle decided to move away.
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Doncic who was certain of signing a supermax contract is now doubtful to stay with the Mavs. The 22-year-old is one of the most marketable players in the NBA.
He has shown his ability as a player and can be a long term stalwart for any franchise. Rumors are linking him to the New York Knicks but they are far more materializing.
Amid all the departures and chaos in the front office for the Mavs, a scout report has resurfaced. This report was even before Doncic was drafted as reporter John Gambadoro heard from multiple sources as they felt that he was ‘very immature’, ‘Not liked by teammates’, and ‘full of himself’.
These are not good signs for the Mavs as these negative remarks may force the Slovenian to look elsewhere. At this point, the onus is on Mark Cuban to convince Doncic to sign the supermax contract. Doncic’s decision will also depend on the amount of talent Cuban manages to bring around him.