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Igor Kokoskov leaving Fenerbahce, signing with Mavericks

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Igor Kokoskov of the Phoenix Suns reacts against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena on February 25, 2019 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Igor Kokoskov is leaving his current club, Fenerbahce, for an opportunity in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks. Fenerbahce has addressed the situation and has agreed to mutually part ways with Kokoskov. The position in Dallas will be an assistant coach role on Jason Kidd's staff.

Kokoskov spent the 2020-21 season with the Turkish club, in which they made the Euro League playoffs. He now returns to the NBA, where he has tons of experience as an assistant coach. He also has head coach experience from the 2018-19 season, which he spent with Phoenix.

The major storyline from this hire is Kokoskov's close relationship with Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic. Kokoskov coached Slovenia's national team for two years, which allowed him and Luka to foster a good relationship. With Luka and Goran Dragic playing major roles, Kokoskov's coached Slovenia to winning the 2017 Eurobasket competition.

This comes in the middle of a busy summer for the Mavericks, with their former head coach (Rick Carlisle) and general manager (Don Nelson) both leaving. As a result, this addition to the coaching staff is welcome to strengthen the organizations' relationship with Luka.

He's already shown himself as an NBA superstar, currently flexing his muscles at the Olympics. In the past season, Luka averaged 28 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds a game. It's clear that he was the most important player on the team, and it wasn't close. Because of this, he will be the key to a potential title run in the future. A major problem for other teams with young superstars has been keeping them around. With this in mind, the addition of Kokoskov is vital for this Mavericks team.

As of now, Fenerbahce has not announced any new head coach. It shouldn't be too hard for them to find a quality head coach because they are a superpower team in the Turkish league.

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