After spending the last 13 seasons in Dallas, Rick Carlisle informed Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban that he ‘won’t be returning as coach next season.’
Carlisle, who led Dallas to an NBA championship in 2011, had two years left on his contract. The news comes on the heels of the franchise parting ways with general manager Donnie Nelson on Wednesday, who spent the last 16 seasons in Dallas.
Nelson grew frustrated and believed that Haralabos Voulgaris, the former professional gambler who served as the team’s director of quantitative research and development, was encroaching on his influence over personnel moves and strategy. Obviously, Mark Cuban disagreed and Voulgaris won out.
We’ve yet to hear from Doncic about Carlisle’s move, but he told reporters at a Slovenian national team press conference that it was difficult to hear about Donnie Nelson’s departure. Sources say Doncic held a good, long-standing relationship with since meeting Nelson as a teenager. “But I’m not the one making decisions,” he said.
There’s been a plethora of news coming out of Dallas this week, with rumors swirling around Luka Doncic’s future with the team. Despite the sudden changes to the front office, the consensus was that Luka Doncic still planned on signing a five-year, $200 million-plus contract extension this offseason. Will that change now that Carlisle is out? Reports early on detail an ‘simmering tension’ between Doncic and Carlisle before the head coach resigned. But still it remains to be seen.