DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks hired Houston Rockets executive Gersson Rosas as general manager on Monday, filling a spot that technically had been vacant since Don Nelson left the franchise eight years ago.
Dallas owner Mark Cuban said in a radio interview that the Mavericks hired the 35-year-old native of Colombia because they "need to get smarter as an organization and we need to really expand what we're doing."
"We try to take pride in being one of the most technologically advanced teams in all of sports, not just the NBA, and to keep on pushing the envelope in directions that I wanted to go, we needed to not just add brainpower but organizational management and process power," Cuban said.
President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson has informally held his father's old title.
Cuban said his own strength is "pushing the envelope," and Nelson's is player evaluation. But he said the team needed someone with "stronger organizational and management skills" and asked Nelson to find someone. Nelson came back with Rosas' name.
The move was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.