It is no secret that a huge concern amongst Mavs fans has been trying to keep superstar Luka Doncic happy while in a Dallas Mavericks uniform.
After last year's abysmal season, it became apparent to fans and the Mavs front office that Doncic's time in Dallas wasn't guaranteed and could be nearing an end. However, after a successful offseason where the Mavericks were able to retool around Doncic and bring back guard Kyrie Irving, there seems to be some hope surrounding fans that Doncic's tenure in Dallas won't end so soon.
Former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas recently went on his podcast "Gil's Arena" to answer a question regarding Doncic's future in Dallas, where he had this to say about Doncic.
"Luka ain't going nowhere," Arenas said. "He'll (Mark Cuban) give Luka a percentage of that team before Luka leaves."
Fans should feel good about this statement made by Arenas, but the Mavericks still need to provide Doncic with the necessary tools to compete for a championship.
Arenas' statement is encouraging, but if the Mavs fail to contend, it could mean the end of the young star's tenure in Dallas.
As the Mavericks prepare for the upcoming 2023-24 season, it's still important to realize that the Mavericks will need to play their best brand of basketball to keep Doncic happy in Dallas. However, re-signing Irving and surrounding Doncic with fresh faces is a great start.
Doncic has a guaranteed three more years in Dallas with a player option in the fourth year if he wishes to continue his career in Dallas. If the Mavericks have a repeat of last season's downfall, we could see Luka Doncic demand a trade in the near future.
For now, Doncic and Irving will look to have a boune-back season and avoid missing the playoffs for the second-straight year. The new-look cast should help tremendously, and they will have plenty of kick-out options on the perimeter.
For more updates on Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and the Dallas Mavericks, stay tuned.