In a day full of impacting news, Shams Charania from The Athletic breaks one of the biggest ones as the Dallas Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson and the franchise have decided to part ways.
Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson and the franchise have decided to part ways, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2021
Nelson started working for the Mavs in 1998 as an assistant general manager when his father Don Nelson worked with the franchise as the head coach and general manager. In his beginnings, he was very important in the decision of drafting Dirk Nowitzki and putting together the two teams that reach the NBA Finals and won in 2011.
The Mavs released a statement after the news broke thanking Nelson for his years of service. Following comes from Mark Cuban:
“I just want to thank Donnie for his 24 years of service to this organization. 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.”
According to Tim MacMahon from ESPN, the decision was made on Sunday and comes after some internal friction grew in the front office of the team with the decision-making influence of Haralabos Voulgaris was having as of late.
Source confirms that longtime president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson is parting ways with the Mavs, as reported by The Athletic.
Nelson had lost power since the hiring of Bob Voulgaris, creating internal tension.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 16, 2021