Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitsky has rejoined as a special adviser, who will assist in the hiring of a new general manager and coach and consult on other pre-office decisions, the panel announced Friday.
“Mark Cuban approached me about his role as a special adviser and I am pleased to support my MOV,” Nowitsky said in a statement. “Both Tony Nelson and Rick Carlisle were mentors who played great roles in my career and the success of this franchise. I’m going to miss them. Now with Mark, it’s important for me to contribute as much as I can forward.”
Nowvitsky’s arrival as head of Mavericks has come in a new direction, following the resignation of Carlisle on Thursday following 13 years as Mavericks coach. The decision came a day after Nelson left 24 seasons in a row.
Novitsky, who has scored 31,560 points in his 21-year career, has spent the entire season with Mavericks and has not been associated with ownership in any official capacity since retiring after the 2018-19 season.
Novitsky, former teammate and current vice president of Mavericks basketball operations Michael Binley and elected trusted, long-serving staff voted for Cuba on Thursday morning at his request.
Novitsky’s co-star Jason Kid, who was part of the Mavericks’ 2010-11 championship squad, was informally discussed as a training candidate on the board, but sources said Cuban would like to appoint a new head of basketball operations before conducting a training search.
Mavericks have a strong relationship with assistant coach Jamal Mosley Luca Doncic, Is expected to be one of the candidates considered to replace Carlisle.
Cuban has hired sportsology, a consulting firm frequently used by NBA teams that hire general managers, to help find Nelson’s replacement.