Report: Jim O'Brien Frontrunner To Join Rick Carlisle In Dallas

ATLANTA GA - DECEMBER 11: (FILE) Head coach Jim O'Brien of the Indiana Pacers against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 11 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. According to reports on January 30 2011 the 17-27 Pacers fired O'Brien in the middle of his fourth season as head coach. 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

According to reports from Dallas, former Indiana Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien is the leading candidate to fill a vacant assistant coaching position with another former Pacers coach, Rick Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks. JOB would replace Terry Stotts on the bench next to Carlisle now that Stotts is calling the shots for the Portland Trail Blazers as their head coach.

ESPNDallas.com reported Thursday that O'Brien had become the "new name to watch" after the Mavericks saw two other candidates from their initial list, Steve Clifford and Jay Triano, take jobs with the Lakers and Trail Blazers, respectively.

Sources told ESPNDallas.com on Friday that O'Brien has indeed already interviewed with Carlisle and ranks as the Mavs' top target given Carlisle's reported preference to replace Stotts with a former NBA head coach.

Hopefully someone captures the reaction of Dahntay Jones the first time he's told the news of JOB joining him in Dallas.

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