The Dallas Mavericks have their new face of the franchise in Luka Doncic. Doncic has quickly become one of the most dominant players in the NBA, and his ability to pose a triple-double threat on a per-game basis has restored Dallas as one of the top teams in the Western Conference.
Doncic’s future is tied to the Dallas Mavericks…or is it?
The Mavs unexpected run to the Western Conference Finals last season has set expectations ablaze for Doncic and company in the 2022-23 season. And why wouldn’t they be? Doncic has an excellent supporting cast around him, and he figures to continue to get better over the next few years (he is, after all, still just 23 years old).
The future of the Mavericks revolves around Doncic and whoever they can bring in to help him win a title. But Doncic recently gave an odd answer in an interview with MARCA when discussing his future with the Mavs. While he sounded committed to trying to win in Dallas, he left open the possibility that he could change teams in the future if the opportunity presented itself.
“I do not plan on changing my objective to stay with and win in Dallas. Although, of course, in the future you never know, but my idea, and hopefully I succeed, is to win in Dallas.” - Luka Doncic, MARCA.
The Mavericks are going to need Doncic to stick around if they want to win
The first part of the response from Doncic above should be music to Mavericks fans’ ears. Doncic sounds committed to doing what it takes to win a title during his stay in Dallas. But his comments about the future are murky at best and show that while he is focused on winning now, his mind may already be moving towards finding a new home in a few years.
That’s an unbelievably scary proposition for the Mavericks franchise. They struck gold when they drafted Doncic in the 2018 NBA Draft and seem to have a blueprint to follow for winning their next title. Give Doncic a good team, and he should be able to do the rest at some point over the next few seasons.
Maybe that will happen next season. Despite losing Jalen Brunson in free agency, Dallas swung a trade with the Houston Rockets for Christian Wood, and he figures to be a perfect fit alongside Doncic on offense. With most of their roster returning from last season, the Mavericks will challenge in the West for many seasons to come.
That is, as long as Doncic is on their roster. While he enters the first year of a five-year, $215 million deal next season, it’s clear Doncic isn’t married to Dallas for his entire career. Players have more control over where they play now more than ever, and if Doncic wants to, he could leave Dallas whenever he wanted to. And his mind is already thinking about that possibility, which isn’t a good sign if you are the Dallas Mavericks.