Mavericks close to adding Melvin Hunt to coaching staff

Former Denver Nuggets coach Melvin Hunt is closing in on an agreement to join Rick Carlisle's coaching staff in Dallas, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that Hunt -- who has also been courted strongly by the New Orleans Pelicans since the Nuggets chose to hire Mike Malone as their new full-time head coach -- is expected to soon finalize a deal with Dallas to become Carlisle's new top aide.

‎Hunt took over as the Nuggets' interim coach in early March after the dismissal of Brian Shaw and coached Denver to a 10-13 record over its final 23 games, which prompted the likes of Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried to publicly campaign for Hunt to keep the job full time.