Donnie Nelson Rumors
Then came the sales pitch to Cuban, a booster of IU athletics. “I wasn’t sure what Mark’s level of willingness to cut a guy with eight days left and sign another was going to be,” Carlisle said. “But with Yogi being an Indiana guy, we thought we might have a chance. Donnie and I talked about it, and Donnie brought it to [Cuban] and he’s like, ‘Sure, the Indiana guy gets the tie.’ ”
Donnie Nelson: “That being said, you never say never in this business. You’ve always got to grease board every possible circumstance. But I really feel like we got a group that’s put together and we want to give ourselves every opportunity to make the playoffs.” So basically, the Mavericks aren’t going to rush into a decision until it becomes perfectly clear the team can’t compete for a playoff bid.
Donnie Nelson: “When you’re in the position that we’re in, there’s all kinds of different possibilities. You’re looking what’s in the best interest of your franchise, short-term and also long-term. To get the right veteran type of player at a position that will give us solid minutes, obviously you have to look at those things. Dirk gets into his twilight years, you’re always looking for an injection of youth and athleticism and energy and toughness,” Nelson said You’re always looking to add, you never want to subtract but unfortunately in this league there aren’t many fools and you got to give to get.
Donnie Nelson: “We have daily conversations with pretty much everyone in the league and you’re always talking about the possibility. That’s kind of our job. There isn’t a single person that doesn’t come up in a discussion during the course of the season. So again, you’re always weighing those and measuring those opportunities. When something comes up you have to take a peak at it and if something comes up, one thing Mark Cuban isn’t is trigger shy.”