Mark Cuban has never been afraid of speaking his mind.
After their disappointing exit in the NBA playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks appear to be at a crossroads with Luka Doncic. According to The Athletic, “multiple team sources” are “concerned” about Doncic’s future with the team.
One incident that has people concerned is the February confrontation between Doncic and staff member Haralabos Voulgaris after a turnover where they got into a verbal spat over a gesture Voulgaris made.
“He doesn’t know how to talk to people,” that same source says.
That’s best exemplified by Dallas’ franchise player disliking him.
Multiple league and team sources tell The Athletic that Voulgaris has been the most influential voice within the Mavericks front office since joining the team, either initiating or approving virtually every transaction made over the past two seasons. Those same sources add that Voulgaris has frequently gone as far as scripting the starting lineups and rotations for longtime head coach Rick Carlisle.
“We had two general managers,” a team source says.”
Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban saw the report and had a profane reaction to it on Twitter.
Despite his regular season dominance, the Mavericks haven’t been able to get past the first round of the NBA playoffs. It was worse this year after they blew a 2-0 lead to the Los Angeles Clippers and couldn’t win a single home game.