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Report: Mavericks hiring former professional sports gambler Haralabos Voulgaris

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The Clippers went outside the box by hiring Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins, who specialized in reporting and prose rather than basketball analysis.

Now, the Mavericks are making their own unconventional hire.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

For more background on Voulgaris, Scott Eden wrote an interesting profile on him for ESPN a few years ago. Voulgaris earned his living by analyzing the NBA, developing mathematical models to aid his research. He has the technical chops to help an NBA team, and he has frequently shown his insights on Twitter.

I’m generally a believer in hiring the smartest, most-talented people then figuring out the rest later. I also expect bumps along the way, as Voulgaris and Dallas feel out each other. This old retweet made the rounds yesterday and isn’t out of the norm:

But this has a chance to work excellently. At minimum, it’s certainly fascinating.