Dallas Mavericks: South Africa
The Mavs, though, have not yet decided if they will seek an immediate replacement for Fall, who had a key role in the drafting of prized Mavs rookie Rodrigue Beaubois and spent more than a decade with the franchise.
Their traveling party in Boise is sizable even without the popular Fall, headed by Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson. Also here: Mavs assistant general manager Keith Grant, veteran scout Dick Baker and two representatives from the D-League franchise coming to the Dallas suburb of Frisco next season which Nelson co-owns: Spud Webb from the front office and coach Nancy Lieberman.
League officials pursued the Senegal native for the South African post for some time and were determined to hire Fall, who has already served as a lead ambassador for the league on numerous "Basketball Without Borders" community outreach trips to the region.
The D-League Showcase brings all 16 teams in the league to one venue to play two games each in a four-day span, watched by representatives from virtually ever NBA team.
The Senegal native has been a trusted advisor to Mavs owner Mark Cuban and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson for much of the decade and played a key role in the selection of prized rookie guard Rodrigue Beaubois in the June draft.
The Weekend Dime can be found here. An excerpt on the NBA's pursuit of the man known leaguewide as Gallo:
- One of the most prominent members of the Mavericks' front-office team has been targeted by the NBA to run its soon-to-open offices in Africa.
Dallas director of scouting Amadou Fall -- who had a key role in the drafting of prized Mavs rookie guard Rodrigue Beaubois and ranks as one of the league's foremost experts on African basketball along with Toronto's Masai Ujiri -- has been offered the opportunity to run the league's new operations in the South African capital of Johannesburg.
The Mavericks declined comment Friday, but league sources say that the NBA is determined to land the Senegal native, who has already served as a lead ambassador for the league on numerous "Basketball Without Borders" community outreach trips to the region.
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