Rick Carlisle says he won’t return as Dallas Mavericks coach after 13 seasons


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Rick Carlisle says he won't return as Dallas Mavericks coach after 13 seasons

Rick Carlisle, who led the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA championship in 2011, informed team owner Mark Cuban that he will not return as coach next season, Carlisle told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Carlisle had two years left on his contract. He spent 13 seasons coaching the Mavericks.

“After several in-person conversations with Mark Cuban over the past week, I informed him today that I will not be returning as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. This was my decision, “Carlisle said in a statement to ESPN.

“My family and I have had an incredible 13 years of experience working with great people in a great city. It has been an honor to work alongside Mark, Cynt, Donnie, Fin, Keith, Dirk, JKidd and every player and assistant coach that I have. had here. Dallas will always be my home, but I’m excited for the next chapter in my coaching career. “

Carlisle’s announcement comes after the team announced Wednesday that president of basketball operations and general manager Donnie Nelson would not be returning after 24 seasons with the franchise.

Nelson’s departure came after internal friction over the growing decision-making influence of the Mavericks’ director of quantitative research and development, Haralabos Voulgaris, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.


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