Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has full belief in the front office capabilities of his former player-turned-Mavs executive Michael Finley.
Following news that the Chicago Bulls front office is looking for candidates to replace vice president John Paxton and general manager Gar Forman, Cuban proudly tossed Finley’s cap in the ring.
“Michael Finley would be amazing in that role. Fin has had a huge impact on the Mavs. … Amazing,” the 61-year-old billionaire told DallasBasketball.com.
During his 15-year NBA career, Finley was a feared scorer in his prime and had his best years with the Mavs from 1996 to 2005. He formed a Big 3 alongside Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash and made the All-Star team twice (2000 and 2001).
Although he helped Dallas become a perennial contender in the early 2000s, Finley never won a title with the team. He eventually got his ring crosstown in Texas with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. Finley has career averages of 15.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.
Although he never played for Chicago, the 6-foot-7 swingman is a Maywood, Illinois-native and watched the Bulls games growing up.
After retiring from basketball in 2010, Finley went on to have a rather low-key apprenticeship with the Mavs organization in 2012. The now 47-year-old executive rose up the ranks and now serves as the Dallas’ Vice President of Basketball Operations.
Despite Cuban’s glowing recommendation, the spirited Mavs owner clarified that he’s torn on whether he’ll allow Finley to take a meeting with the Bulls.
“Fin would be so good there [on the Bulls],” Mark Cuban furthered. “That I don’t know if I would even give permission for them to talk to him.”