Mavericks star Luka Doncic makes obvious one superstar he’d love to play with

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While the Dallas Mavericks don't resume regular season action till Thursday amidst the NBA's All-Star break, that's not to say that the Mavericks were under-represented at NBA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis over the weekend.

Dallas Mavericks rookie center Dereck Lively II was on the winning team in the Panini Rising Stars Challenge last Friday night, as he posted six points for Team Jalen in just a few minutes of playing time. Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic made his fifth All-Star appearance and started the All-Star Game for the Western Conference over the weekend as well, but Doncic still chose to take his typical nonchalant approach to the All-Star Game on Sunday night in Indianapolis despite having an MVP-caliber season.

Neither Lively II nor Doncic were playing in high-stakes matchups over the weekend so it's likely a relief to some Mavs fans that they took the weekend easy given both players have been dealing with minor injuries leading up to the All-Star break. However, there's certainly been a national media outcry to make the NBA All-Star festivities more competitive this season and in seasons past, so the games and festivities are nearly never the epicenter of where the real action at NBA All-Star weekend is.

Mavericks star Luka Doncic makes obvious one superstar he’d love to play with

There have been instances in previous seasons where superstar players have forecasted their future 'playing plans' together at All-Star weekend, most notably when Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving had early talks about potentially teaming up in the summer of 2019 for the Brooklyn Nets at All-Star weekend in 2019.

Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic was seen with fellow Balkan and NBA Champion Nikola Jokic quite a bit over the weekend in Indianapolis, as the two European superstars have spent a lot of time together during the last few All-Star weekends.

Jokic even jokingly talked about how Doncic was bad for the All-Star game in a post-game interview, so the two players have clearly formulated a decent friendship the last few seasons. There was nothing as definitive as a sound-byte of Doncic and Jokic talking about playing together in the future like we saw with Irving and Durant in 2019, but the amount of time the two spent over the weekend together was notable to say the least.

It's seems unlikely Doncic and Jokic would ever team up given their loyalty to both of their respective franchises that they've exhibited up to this point, but the tandem would assuredly tear up the league if they ever joined the same team.

Whether a Jokic-Doncic duo would be in Dallas, Denver, or perhaps somewhere else is even more of an unknown. However, we can't take the relationship that the two have built up for granted when it comes to planning Doncic's running mate down the line, because Kyrie Irving will likely retire much sooner than Doncic does.

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