Dallas Mavericks must improve the roster around Luka Doncic to keep him
It is no secret that Mavs need to get Luka more help this offseason. The 22-year-old averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game and was arguably the best player in the league during the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers advanced in seven games because they had the more talented and deeper roster. No amount of Luka heroics could overcome that.
The 22-year-old only cares about winning. He has made that clear on numerous occasions. He has won at every stop in his basketball journey. Luka led Real Madrid to EuroLeague and Liga ACB titles. He helped lift Slovenia to a EuroBasket crown in 2017 as a teenager. Doncic plans on winning an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks. The front office has to find the right pieces to make that a reality and now.
If Luka signs a five-year max extension, he will be under contract through the 2026-2027 season with a likely opt-out clause in 2026. That means he could push for a trade as soon as 2024 if the Dallas Mavericks are not winning. The organization has three years to build a yearly contender around one of the best players in basketball, but it starts this summer.
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