DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks and Donnie Nelson mutually agreed to separate, the team announced today.
Nelson, who has 36 years of NBA experience, arrived in Dallas on January 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.”
Nelson was instrumental in the club’s acquisitions of Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic.
Nowitzki entered a draft-day trade a few months later. The German led Dallas to the championship in 2011. The Mavericks haven’t won a playoff series since.
Doncic struck another deal on draft day in 2018.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.