The Dallas Mavericks are still rounding out their roster for the 2022-2023 season. They have one open space on their 15-man group, and the team is hoping to find a trade to improve the talent around superstar Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old looks to build on his run to the Western Conference Finals next season, but he has plenty to accomplish before training camp.
Luka led the Slovenian National Team to two World Cup qualifying wins already this summer, and they have two more games before playing in EuroBasket in September. Slovenia is the reigning champions in the competition as Goran Dragic and a teenage Doncic helped them win in 2017.
Dragic retired from international competition after their EuroBasket win. He was away for five years before returning for their latest World Cup qualifiers. According to Tim MacMahon, he has not made a decision about playing in EuroBasket, but he did make Slovenia’s provisional squad on July 20. Will he play?
Will Goran Dragic play with Luka Doncic and Slovenian National Team in EuroBasket?
Slovenia plays two more World Cup qualifiers in August before heading to EuroBasket as they face Estonia and Germany starting on August 25. Dragic will miss those World Cup qualifying games, but he has not been ruled out from joining the squad ahead of EuroBasket.
Dragic has expressed his desire to play with Luka Doncic on several occasions, and the entire country is behind them as they look to repeat as EuroBasket champions. Having the veteran point guard playing off the young superstar makes Slovenia infinitely more dangerous.
Dragic chose to join the Chicago Bulls on a veteran minimum deal after they offered a consistent role, so his only chance to play with Doncic is on the Slovenian National Team. Will that be enough to convince Goran to take part in the event?
Only Goran Dragic knows if he will take part in EuroBasket this year. All of Slovenia wants him to play, but The Dragon needs to be ready for the NBA season. Stay tuned to see what he decides in the coming weeks.