Report: Luka Doncic dislikes Mavericks de-facto co-general manager, Haralabos Voulgaris
Luka Doncic – a historically great young player – is set to sign a super-max contract extension with the Mavericks this summer.
But Dallas still has problems.
Apparently including Haralabos Voulgaris, a professional sports gambler whom the Mavericks hired a few years ago.Tim Cato and Sam Amick of The Athletic:
“He doesn’t know how to talk to people,” that same source says.
That’s best exemplified by Dallas’ franchise player disliking him.
I recommend reading Cato’s and Amick’s full article for examples of how Doncic’s feelings toward Voulgaris manifested. The piece ultimately paints a picture of a franchise with clear leadership issues.
That, like on the business side, falls on Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Cuban made Donnie Nelson president of basketball operations, the highest-ranking title in the front office. Cuban made – and plans to keep – Rick Carlisle as head coach, the person ostensibly in charge of game-planning. And, of course, Cuban frequently inserts himself into decision-making, which his right.
Where does that leave Voulgaris?
If Dallas employees don’t know where Voulgaris’ authority begins and ends, that’s a problem. Clear roles generally improve morale and productivity.
That said, many people just want more power and complain whenever they don’t have it. It’s not hard to find scouts who feel their input wasn’t properly considered on draft day (an incident Cato and Amick mention in regard to Voulgaris).
But that’s a relatively low-level interoffice issue. The franchise player disliking Voulgaris is far more significant. If Cuban values Voulgaris’ contributions that much, the owner must figure out how to convince Doncic of Voulgaris’ value. Hiring an outsider like Voulgaris was always bound to be bumpy. Cuban is responsible for getting everyone on the same page.
If that doesn’t happen, we know who’s disposable in the battle between superstar player and team executive.