Wednesday , Apr , 30 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Avery Johnson Fired

Avery Johnson FiredThe Dallas Mavericks fired coach Avery Johnson on Wednesday, the first of what’s likely to be many offseason moves after the league’s highest payroll produced a second straight first-round knockout from the playoffs.’s Marc Stein first reported the news of Johnson’s ouster.

NBA front offices sources told that both the Mavs and Johnson, feeling that a coaching change was inevitable, wanted to come to a resolution quickly so Dallas could begin interviewing other candidates and Johnson could pursue another job. [ESPN]