Kevin Durant and the Nets lose a key member of the organization to the Mavs
The Dallas Mavericks recently lost an integral part of their team through free agency when Jalen Brunson decided to join the New York Knicks. This time around, it appears to have been the Mavs who snooped after reports confirmed they had managed to strike a deal with a high-ranking Brooklyn Nets executive.
NBA Guru Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Nets manager Matt Ricardi is now set to join the Mavs front office:
Brooklyn Nets director of scouting Matt Riccardi is joining the Dallas Mavericks in a front office leadership role, sources have told ESPN. Riccardi spent 13 years with the Nets, growing from an intern. He grew up in the Dallas area.
This is undoubtedly a major backstage move for the Mavs. It must have taken a lot of persuading too, considering how Riccardi has been with the Nets for over a decade now. His tenure ended as he joins the Dallas front office in a currently undisclosed role. You can be sure that Riccardi has been promised a key post.
There has been a lot of drama in Brooklyn when it comes to their personnel, especially on the fronts of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The Nets are still actively trying to find a trade script for KD, while a Kyrie deal is expected to follow. The Mavs may have jumped on all the hubbub going on in Brooklyn as they rushed Riccardi. The New York Knicks would be proud.