Report: Mavs won't seek compensation if Carlisle is hired, out on Ujiri, Ainge
Carlisle resigned as coach of the Mavs last week with two years remaining on his contract. Dallas owner Mark Cuban, who maintains a strong relationship with Carlisle, doesn't want to complicate the latter's chances of seeking a new opportunity by pursuing compensation, MacMahon notes.
The Mavericks likely could've received significant assets if they chose to ask for compensation considering the precedent. In 2013, the Los Angeles Clippers sent an unprotected first-round pick to the Boston Celtics to pry head coach Doc Rivers away from Beantown, despite the bench boss being under contract at the time.
The Mavericks' coaching search to replace Carlisle is ongoing, and the team is also reportedly eyeing someone who can help to replace general manager Donnie Nelson.
Former Mavericks player and current team vice president of basketball operations Michael Finley is a leading head of basketball operations candidate for the club, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. No other candidates are known currently, though Stein notes that Dallas isn't pursuing notable free-agent executives Masai Ujiri and Danny Ainge.
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