The Dallas Mavericks were the subject of plenty of rumors this week, but none was more significant than Tim MacMahon dropping that Luka Doncic wants the team to upgrade their roster before the deadline. Doncic and owner Mark Cuban both denied that rumor, but MacMahon stood by his statement and even went further by saying that Luka is now involved in personnel discussions for the first time.
Most superstar players are consulted before roster changes happen. Doncic was never interested in being part of those talks until this year. Fans can point to the team’s lack of interest in his mentor and countryman Goran Dragic as exhibit A in Luka’s lack of say in decision-making. Dragic wanted to be in Dallas, and Doncic loves playing with his friend. The Mavs also traded Boban Marjanovic and allowed Jalen Brunson to walk in free agency, who were two of Luka’s closest friends on last year's roster.
Luka Doncic is more involved now, but is that a problem? There have been plenty of instances where superstar players are part of a team’s poor decision-making and roster-building, but that is not always the case. Do the Mavs have trouble brewing?
Why Luka Doncic should be involved in Dallas Mavericks personnel discussions
The Mavs want to build a title-contending team around Luka Doncic. That is no secret just like the team’s need for roster upgrades is right now. The goal is to win multiple championships with Doncic as the superstar and to keep the 23-year-old in Dallas for his entire NBA career.
Keeping him in Dallas means making him happy and creating reasons for staying. Superstars have all the power in the NBA, including where they play. Doncic can be a free agent in 2026, and the Mavericks have work to do before then.
Luka Doncic should be involved in personnel discussions, so he remains happy and has enough talent around him to succeed at the highest level. Number 77 should not have the final say, but the Mavs made a mistake by not adding Goran Dragic in the summer to be their third ball-handler. Doncic’s input may have changed their minds and given the team a marginal upgrade.
Giving Luka Doncic too much power could create a massive problem, though.