Sources: Legends hiring Sam Perkins
Sources with knowledge of the moves told ESPNDallas.com that the D-League franchise will this week hire former Mavericks forward Sam Perkins as a big-man coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Marques Haynes of the Harlem Globetrotters as a front-office adviser.
Sources said that the Legends, who are co-owned by Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, will also hire former Maverick and Dallas native Jason Sasser to work in player development alongside Perkins and Travis Blakeley, who served as the Legends’ director of player personnel in their inaugural season.
The Legends will be coached this season by Del Harris, who, at 74, replaces Nancy Lieberman on the bench to allow Lieberman to move to the front office as assistant general manager under president of basketball operations Spud Webb. Harris’ assistant coaches will be former NBA veteran guard David Wesley and Scott Flemming, who like Wesley served as an assistant to Lieberman last season.
The Legends start filling out their roster in earnest later this week with Thursday’s D-League draft and are scheduled to open the season at home Nov. 26 against Austin at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco.
Power forward Matt Rogers and guard Justin Dentmon, who played for the Legends under Lieberman last season, were recently signed as the club’s first two confirmed players for this season.
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