Mavericks' Rick Carlisle and Donnie Nelson depart: What's next for Mark Cuban?


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The Dallas Mavericks have been a model of stability among NBA franchises.

Front-office executive Donnie Nelson joined the team in 1998, and Rick Carlisle had been the coach since 2008. Those are lifetimes for NBA executives and coaches. And Mark Cuban has been the owner since 2000.

That stability crumbled in less than a week as the Mavericks parted ways with Nelson and Carlisle decided to walk away from a team that features Luka Doncic, the 22-year-old MVP-caliber star.

Now, Cuban faces his most important decisions as owner: hiring a new basketball operation chief and a new coach while keeping Doncic happy.

Also at the center of the palace intrigue: Haralabos Voulgaris, a former professional gambler who the Mavs hired as director of quantitative research and development in 2018. He came to the Mavericks with a knowledge of analytics, strategic insight, detailed information on referees and a presence on NBA Twitter.

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