The Norman Transcript

July 23, 2013

Mavs hire new GM

Associated Press
The Associated Press

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have hired Houston Rockets executive Gersson Rosas as general manager, 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 Monday 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.”

President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson has informally held his father’s old title. Cuban said he asked Nelson to find someone with “organizational and management skills” and Rosas was the name Nelson brought back to him.

Rosas spent nine years with the Rockets, rising from intern to vice president of basketball operations.

The move was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

Nuggets agree to deal with PG Robinson: DENVER — The Denver Nuggets just quickened an already speedy backcourt by bringing in Nate Robinson.

The veteran point guard agreed to a two-year deal on Monday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been officially announced.

Robinson joins Ty Lawson to give the Nuggets a tandem that can fly up and down the floor. The addition of Robinson also creates a backlog in the backcourt, with the Nuggets already having up-and-comer Evan Fournier, veteran Andre Miller, rookie Erick Green and newly acquired Randy Foye as well.

The Denver Post first reported the deal.

The 5-foot-9 Robinson averaged 13 points a contest for the Chicago Bulls last season. He stepped up his game in the postseason, scoring 34 points in a triple overtime win in Game 4 against Brooklyn and playing through the flu later in that series.

Soon after reaching his decision, Robinson wrote on his Twitter account that it was a difficult decision to leave the Bulls: “I know the nba is a Business but when u build friendships with guys on the team it’s hard to say goodbye ... Thanks again chitown one love.”

Clippers sign Mullens: LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers have signed free agent center Byron Mullens, who has played the last two seasons in Charlotte.

The 7-foot Mullens averaged a career-high 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in 53 games last season with the Bobcats.

Mullens was drafted with the 24th overall pick in 2009 by the Dallas Mavericks and traded on draft night to Oklahoma City. He played in 26 games for the Thunder before he was traded to Charlotte in 2011.

Mullens played one season at Ohio State, averaging 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game.