Mark Cuban clarifies what he thinks is BS about explosive Luka Doncic story
Cuban initially lashed out at the report, which suggested there was a rift between Doncic and Mavs employee Haralabos Voulgaris while also detailing Voulgaris’ purported influence in the front office and even on head coach Rick Carlisle. The Mavs governor told Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks said there is no one figure who is pulling strings behind the scenes:
“I pay close attention to what Luka says, what the front office, analytics group and our scouts say. What Rick says,” Cuban told Rooks. “The idea that there is a shadow GM is laughable. The idea that anyone but Rick sets rotations is insulting.”
There has been a fair bit of internal questions surrounding the Mavs following their first-round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Cuban was asked almost immediately after the loss if he would consider making a head-coaching change. He firmly stood behind Carlisle then, and appears to be doing so now despite The Athletic also reporting Carlisle’s relationship with Luka and some of his Mavs teammates soured over the course of the past year. Then of course, there is still quite a bit of skepticism surrounding Kristaps Porzingis and his own relationship with Doncic.
However, there has been no indication Doncic would threaten to request a trade from the Mavs. He suggested in his postseason press conference he would almost certainly be signing a supermax extension worth over $200 million.
The Mavs would seem to have a bright future with Doncic at the helm, but Cuban and Co. will likely have to fend off questions about the team’s culture and leadership in the coming weeks.