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Report: Former Nuggets coach Melvin Hunt near deal to be lead assistant in Dallas

Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Melvin Hunt of the Denver Nuggets cheers on his team during the first half against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Melvin Hunt did a good job when handed the head coaching job in Denver mid-season — a team that had given up on Brian Shaw won six of its first eight for the popular assistant coach. They did so well management cut him off at the knees forcing him to rest guys, they were concerned the team would fall too far down the draft. Still the team was 10-13 under him, taking steps forward.

After the season, Hunt was a front-runner for the Nuggets job that was ultimately given to Mike Malone (who had been unfairly let go in Sacramento in the middle of the season).

Now it looks like Hunt has found a new home, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Great hire by Dallas. Hunt is professional, and the player like and respect him — this is a good hire by the Mavericks.

Hunt is going to get another head coaching job in the coming years, until then Dallas has a quality assistant coach.