The Mavericks and Dir of Quantitative Research Haralabos “Bob” Voulgaris "have parted ways," as his contract "expired and was not renewed" by new President & GM Nico Harrison, according to Brad Townsend of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Voulgaris’ departure "isn’t surprising, considering the issues regarding him raised shortly after last season" in a story in The Athletic, which portrayed the former professional gambler as "having usurped the power" of longtime President & GM Donnie Nelson, who departed the organization this offseason. Though the exact level of last season’s "dysfunction within the organization remains unclear," there is "no doubt Voulgaris was a polarizing figure." Townsend: "Depending on whom you ask, he either was a genius who consistently delivered 'next-level' analytics intel or he was the Mavericks’ Yoko Ono, with an abrasive personality that sometimes rankled" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/24).
Voulgaris' departure could aid Mavericks' relationship with star player Luka Doncic, but is not seen as a main factor in that regardNBAE/Getty Images
WRITING ON THE WALL: ESPN’s Tim MacMahon said “we’ve known for months” that Voulgaris “wasn't going to be back” with the organization. MacMahon: “Once he became part of this soap opera, he didn't have any interest in that, the new regime didn’t have any interest in that, and really, it's unfortunate for the Mavericks and for [Owner] Mark Cuban because Cuban really valued Bob Voulgaris' data, the information that he provided.” MacMahon said the “way things were handled, I was told it was a ‘Game of Thrones’ type of atmosphere behind the scenes with the Mavericks and it just wasn't in the best interest of anybody for him to be part of that.” When asked if Voulgaris' departure helps improve Mavericks F Luka Doncic’s relationship with the organization, MacMahon said the $206M supermax contract extension “probably helps that,” and former coach Rick Carlisle's “departure is a much bigger deal in terms of Luka Doncic’s day-to-day disposition than essentially the head of analytics” (“The Jump,” ESPN, 9/23).