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Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic to play for Slovenia in Olympic Qualifier tune up

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by the LA Clippers, but it was no fault of superstar Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals during the series, but the Mavs did not give him enough help as they fell in seven games. Doncic was arguably the best player in the league during the first round.

Many players are taking a break after the compressed NBA season, but not Luka. He is already practicing with the Slovenia National Team as they prepare for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Lithuania that begins on June 29. Doncic is looking to lead his country to the Olympics for the first time.

Mavericks fans can watch Luka play later this week. Here is the latest from the 22-year-old superstar.

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Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic to play in exhibition game on June 18

Luka drilled a shot at practice to let fans know that he is going to play in Friday’s exhibition against Croatia. Fans can see the tweet below.

Slovenia is hosting on June 18, and the game begins at 1 p.m. CT. Luka and the national team have two exhibition games this week as they prepare for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Doncic is not expected to play in the first one on Wednesday afternoon.

It has already been a massive week for Luka. He earned first-team All-NBA honors for the second straight year. Doncic is now eligible for a “Derrick Rose Rule” extension worth up to 30 percent of the salary cap this summer. The 22-year-old is expected to sign a five-year deal worth north of $200 million.

An important offseason lies ahead for Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. The 22-year-old will attempt to qualify his country for the Olympics as the organization tries to improve the roster around him. Stay tuned for what is going to be an exciting offseason that fans will not want to miss.

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