HoopsHype Donnie Nelson rumors

February 20, 2014 Updates

"Lots of conversation, but no movement,'' said Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks' president of basketball operations. "I had a chance to sit down with obviously (Owner) Mark (Cuban) and (coach) Rick (Carlisle) and just felt that the price of change was too high.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 15, 2014 Updates

On dropping down to a lower pick with the increased success the team is seeing: Nelson: “This year’s draft we’ve got Boston’s pick, which is going to be at the very top of the second (round), and with the depth of the draft, sometimes it’s as good as a first-round pick. We got the ability to take that and take our other second-round pick and certainly maneuver and move up. So if that comes to pass, it’s not the absolute worst thing in the world, and we’ve always been aggressive during draft time and (owner Mark Cuban is) not opposed to do whatever it takes to do to make the team better — and we’re creative, as you know, so it’s not like an Earth-shattering situation that we can’t overcome.” Dallas Morning News

January 29, 2014 Updates

And don’t think for a second that the Mavericks are regretting their decisions to keep salary-cap flexibility above everything else. They still envision a day when Nowitzki is their second-best player. “That’s the hope and the plan,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “I think we’ve done it kind of by committee. Monta’s really provided us a really cool punch and someone who on any given night can win a game. “The hope is … we’ll be able to [make a marquee hire] sooner than later. I think we’ve made an attempt to do that the last two summers. So much for second place. But, yes, that would be the plan and the hope at some level to be able to do that. “Superstars win in this league. That’s not lost on us. At the same time, we’ve won a championship doing it more of a conventional, kind of old-fashioned way of getting depth and versatility and pieces in place.” Dallas Morning News

Nowitzki said he’s not sure what the plan is for the franchise moving forward. Nor is he particularly worried about it right now. “I have no idea,” he said. “I think we moved away from the concept of one-year deals. We signed Jose [Calderon], we signed Monta [Ellis]. We went in a different direction there. I think those two guys have been great, but saying all that, we’ll have a lot of cap space again this summer. “There’s usually three ways to get better — the draft, free agency and via trades. We’ll just wait and see what happens. But, as far as I’m concerned, I’m just trying to make the playoffs this year. Everything else is kind of secondary to me. We missed the playoffs last year, which was disappointing to watch it from home, so that’s really all where my focus is at. Everything else we’ll figure out this summer.” Dallas Morning News

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Donnie Nelson, the president of basketball operations for the Dallas Mavericks, just cleared the air a bit on the departure of general manager Gersson Rosas. Well, Nelson sort of cleared the air. On an appearance on WFAA-TV, Channel 8 during the 6 p.m. newscast, sports anchor Dale Hansen asked Nelson if it's true Rosas wanted to call all the basketball shots instead of working with Nelson. "I'm really not at liberty to comment, unfortunately,'' Nelson told Hansen. "But I will say that it's an unfortunate situation and we wish him nothing but the best.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Sources briefed on the situation told ESPN.com that the abrupt parting was triggered by the fact that Rosas -- hired by the Mavericks to work in support of longtime president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson -- wanted to be "in charge" of basketball operations. Concerns about how Rosas would fit into the Mavericks' front-office structure in a supplementary role to Nelson, sources said, surfaced almost immediately after Rosas' arrival in late July. The intent when the Mavericks hired Rosas late in free agency was to inject a new voice and fresh ideas in terms of scouting, analytics and recruitment to a front-office team spearheaded by Nelson and longtime Mavericks executive Keith Grant, whose association with the franchise dates to Dallas' inaugural NBA season in 1980-81. ESPN.com

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For Mavs owner Mark Cuban and president Donnie Nelson, the hiring of Rosas is a coup for an organization that has been committed to finding a way to strengthen its basketball operations. Rosas will be given significant latitude to shape the direction of the franchise's pro and college personnel departments, free agency and scouting. Yahoo! Sports

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