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March 8, 2013 Updates

The Mavs are still in search of a top-flight talent who will make Dirk Nowitzki the team's second-best player. But whether they can lure Dwight Howard, Chris Paul -- or any superstar -- to Dallas remains to be seen. "The challenge is the same annual things since I got here,'' said Donnie Nelson' the Mavs' presdient of basketball operations. "Whether it’s through the draft, trade or free agency, to get the most and right kind of talent and give the talent an opportunity to come together. "And hopefully there’s not too much change. But that’s part of our industry, especially with the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement).'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Nelson is sure the financial flexibility that the Mavs have will give them a leg-up towards finally landing that big fish. "We’ve got flexibility, and in the past we’ve been opportunistic and it’s played well for us,'' Nelson said. "We put two teams in the (NBA) Finals that shared only two common players (in Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry). "We’ve had a pretty good history of having flexibility and being opportunistic relative to putting teams together.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 13, 2013 Updates

Dallas GM Donnie Nelson insisted the Mavericks aren’t looking to make a deal, but league sources say differently. Not that Nelson is taking a gung-ho approach to the deadline. But he is secretly seeing what he might be able to accumulate via veteran forward Shawn Marion, according to sources. FOXSports Ohio

ben ... Three years from now is Darren Collison still starting at point guard for the Mavs? Eddie Sefko: Nope. I'm not even sure he's starting three games from now. If any of you believe the trade talk coming out of Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle and Donnie Nelson, you don't know the decision-makers at the top of the organization. Anybody and everybody, save for Nowitzki and Brand, is available for the right price. But I don't blame the Mavericks a bit for playing hardball and demanding a hefty return for some of their best veterans. And if they don't get it, move along. Dallas Morning News

February 11, 2013 Updates

But as far as Rick Carlisle is concerned, he doesn’t think the Mavericks are going to be players in the marketplace leading up to the deadline. Carlisle offered his opinion when the question of how much he hears when it comes to trade talk and whether he is involved in the final calls when it comes to talks or if owner Mark Cuban and president Donnie Nelson work together. “Sometimes yes, sometimes no,” Carlisle said. “Sometimes Mark and Donnie just pull the trigger on things and I don’t know about it. And sometimes they ask me. But that’s OK. The job description was made clear to me when I came here. Mark and Donnie do a lot of work to see what things make sense for us.” Dallas Morning News

February 9, 2013 Updates

Q: Do you think Memphis’ trade of Rudy Gay is an indicator of the new collective bargaining agreement and the financial climate? Donnie Nelson: I think that’s kind of testament to the belt-tightening that Mark’s been predicting for a while. That’s a reality that’s coming up. So you’ll definitely see teams that are looking to be more flexible. Dallas Morning News

Donnie Nelson: We’ve had a special run. We’re fighting to protect that. I think it’s a product of the West being so top to bottom thick. I’d love to petition the commissioner to slide over to the Eastern Conference for a couple of years. That might be nice. Are we concerned? Yes. Because we’re used to performing at a high level. Mark starts off every discussion and meeting with ‘championship.’ The good news is we’ve done it twice. Those two teams, in 2006 (and 2011) were completely different teams. You talk about re-dos. And so, with Mark’s creativity and ability to have flexibility in the marketplace, I think we’ve gained the trust of our fans over a period of time. We’re going to get back there. With Mark, my bet is it’s going to be sooner rather than later. But there’s no guarantees. That’s why every year, we try to put ourselves in position to make deep playoff runs and compete. Because once you get in the playoffs, anything can happen. And that’s our focus this year. We’re certainly fighting for our playoff lives, we understand that. Dallas Morning News

"I don't think this team needs more change unless there's good reasons for it,'' said Nelson, the Mavs' president of basketball operations. "We've got nine new faces and Dirk (Nowitzki) kind of in the lineup, then out of the lineup, then in the lineup. "We need to really kind of settle things down if we're going to make a real solid run at (the playoffs). We'll be opportunistic and educated on what's going on out there and if there's something that's an over the top type move, you know us, we're not afraid to pull the trigger around here.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Rick Majerus' solitary season on an NBA bench in 1986-87 was spent as a Milwaukee Bucks assistant to head coach Don Nelson and sidekick to then-Bucks assistant Del Harris. Nelson and Harris quickly became two of Majerus' closest friends in the game. The longtime college basketball coach's passing Saturday was thus felt deeply in Dallas, where the Nelson-and-Harris tag team remains firmly entrenched after they reunited with the Mavericks from 2000 through 2007 alongside current Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson. ESPN.com

Said Harris on Sunday: "Rick will be known by his friends and those players who followed him closely by one short sentence: He cared. "Regardless of how demanding he was, Rick proved his love for friends and players past and present in a myriad of ways. I have recorded and saved voicemails he has sent me and my son Dominic has saved encouraging letters Rick sent him from years past. Obviously I could go on and on. "He had tons of friends (in the game). He was totally dedicated to his family, particularly caring for his mother after his father died. He called me the brother he never had and I suspect he used that expression a lot." ESPN.com

November 30, 2012 Updates

For the Dallas Mavericks, the ability to get Derek Fisher at this stage of the season has been a godsend. "I think we were fortunate that he was available, and the timing was right,'' said Donnie Nelson. the Mavs' president of basketall operations. "He adds leadership, he adds big playmaking ability in crunch time, and certainly three-point clutch shooting. "And he’s perfect with the Mavericks that are in that locker room. He’s going to fit in really well with our guys.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 1, 2012 Updates

The Mavericks didn’t pick up Dominique Jones’ fourth-year on his rookie scale contract, which means he’ll be an unrestricted free agent after this season. But that doesn’t mean he couldn’t return to the Mavericks. The Mavericks might elect to re-sign him after the season. “We are in position to keep all our young guys, and veterans too, for that matter, regardless of contract status,’’ president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “Our flexibility affords us that luxury.’’ Dallas Morning News

October 30, 2012 Updates

Rick Carlisle is in his fifth year as your coach, and won a title in 2011. Is he still the right man for this franchise moving forward? Donnie Nelson: Rick is one of those guys that whether it's a veteran team or whether it's a team with a lot of new faces like we have now, I think he's one of those rare guys that's equally effective in both of those areas. You have some guys come in that are specialists that can rebuild, you have some guys that are good with the kind of in-between teams, you've got some guys that come in and are specialists and take this championship team and get the most out of them. I think Rick really runs the gamut.. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 5, 2012 Updates

In 1985, his third summer with the team, Nelson ended up in Eastern Europe, facing off against Lithuanian star Sarunas Marciulionis, who scored 40 points against him. Nelson was amazed at what he saw, and it was through his intercession that Marciulionis eventually signed with the Golden State Warriors, becoming the first Soviet NBA player. "I'm an inquisitive guy," Nelson said. "I like people. I'm good at relationships, and people like me. So it was fascinating just to me, the different cultures, different ways of living, different belief systems whether it's religious or political." Fox Sports North

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