In a summer of great importance, Dallas has already made one positive move. It likely won’t be a move that has a major influence on their free agency path this summer, but it is still a move that should greatly impact the finished roster. It was announced in early May that former Portland Trail Blazers interim coach Kaleb Canales will joins the Mavs an assistant coach, replacing Jim O’Brien on Rick Carlisle’s staff.
Canales has ties to the area as he a Laredo, Texas native. Canales earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas-Arlington and a master’s degree in sports leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.
In March of 2012, Canales became the first Hispanic head coach in the NBA when he replaced Nate McMillan. Now known as energetic and motivational coach, Canales began as a video intern under Maurice Cheeks in 2004 before spending three years as the team’s video coordinator. Before the 2008-09 season, he was promoted by general manager Kevin Pritchard to assistant coach.