Is Luka Doncic getting more involved in Mavericks personnel decisions a problem?
Why Luka Doncic should not be involved in Dallas Mavericks personnel discussions
There is a massive difference between being involved and having the final say. The Mavs have multiple people involved in the decision-making, including owner Mark Cuban, general manager Nico Harrison, head coach Jason Kidd, assistant general manager Michael Finley, and Dirk Nowitzki. Others have input too, but those are the Mavs' big five. Letting any one person get too much say could be problematic.
The Mavericks do not want to be the subject of another piece about a shadow GM (subscription required) or have a player making their decisions again. Owner Mark Cuban has the final say, and the organization cannot afford for him to cede that to Luka. The 23-year-old is arguably the best player in the world right now, but he cannot handle being superstar and general manager.
Current players do not fare well as personnel decision-makers. Look at LeBron James trading for Russell Westbrook or the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving saga in Brooklyn. Giving any one person too much power can backfire.
Luka Doncic getting involved in his fifth NBA season could be problematic if his voice starts to lead the room. The Dallas Mavericks should be rounding out their roster with talent and fit around number 77 not just his friends.
Is Luka Doncic getting more involved already a problem?