Mavs and GM Donnie Nelson part ways after 24 years

17.06.2021

By Eurohoops team/ [email protected]

The Dallas Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson and the franchise have decided to part ways officially. The two sides were working together for the past 24 years.

Nelson has been well-known to have a great eye for young talent and didn’t limit himself to the US soil only. He was a big part of the Phoenix Suns drafting Steve Nash and was responsible for the Mavs getting their hands on Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic, as well as Kristaps Prozingis.

He was also advocating for the Mavs to draft Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2013 and was even involved in the Warriors choosing Sarunas Marciulionis back in the day.

Per the NBA:

The Dallas Mavericks and Donnie Nelson have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced today.

Nelson, who owns 36 years of NBA experience, came to Dallas on Jan. 2, 1998 and recently completed his 24th season with the franchise.

“I just want to thank Donnie for his 24 years of service to this organization,” said Mark Cuban. “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.”

During his tenure, the Mavericks have made the playoffs in 17 of the last 21 seasons, been to the Western Conference Finals three times, advanced to the NBA Finals twice, captured three division titles (2007, 2010, 2021) and won their first World Championship in 2011. Since Nelson joined the franchise the Mavericks have won 58.0% (1,087 of 1,873) of their games with three 60+ win seasons, including a franchise-record 67-win season in 2007, which tied for the sixth-best record in NBA history.