Dallas Mavericks can avoid the Kevin Durant situation by trusting the front office to build the roster
Current players do not make great general managers. They want to play with their friends, but that does not always result in fantastic on-court fits. DeAndre Jordan came to Brooklyn on a bloated contract to play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and he last just two of the four years.
KD wanted the Harden deal, and that move has put Brooklyn in a bind. The Beard is in Philly, but all the Nets draft picks reside in Houston. Now, Durant wants to be traded, but Brooklyn cannot go to the bottom because they do not have control of their picks. The Nets must try to stay competitive, but that hurts their chances of getting the top return for KD.
The Dallas Mavericks have to let general manager Nico Harrison and his staff build the roster. Giving all the power to Luka Doncic or any superstar has not worked out well in recent history. Take input from the player, but ultimately do what the front office thinks is best for the team. Imagine the Lakers trading for Buddy Hield last summer over having Russell Westbrook.
The Mavs are in no danger of losing Luka Doncic, but they need to keep building their roster. Doncic wants to win a championship, and he believes he can do it in Dallas. If the Mavericks prove otherwise, the 23-year-old superstar could ask for a trade. The Mavericks have some time, but they must keep moving forward if they want to keep Luka.