Why Nikola Jokic should come to Dallas over Luka Doncic joining him in Denver
If Doncic and Jokic decide to team up, they have three options. The Joker could decide to join Luka in Dallas, Doncic could move to Denver, or they can both change teams and form a “Big 3” like LeBron James and Chris Bosh did with Dwyane Wade in Miami back in 2010.
Jokic is a free agent in 2023, but Luka cannot hit the open market until 2026. By that point, the Joker will be in his 30s, but will likely be under contract. The Mavericks are not trading Doncic as his new max extension begins this summer. The 22-year-old is happy in Dallas and has no desire to change teams. Dirk is one of his mentors, and Luka wants to form a similar legacy with the Mavs.
The Nuggets have two players working their way back from significant injuries and the oft-injured Aaron Gordon on their roster. Things could go from bad to worse if Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. are not the same players when they return.
The Dallas Mavericks plan on re-making their roster as they look to acquire a second star. Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber, Boban Marjanovic, Trey Burke, Sterling Brown, Frank Ntilikina, and Marquese Chriss all hit free agency in 2023 when Jokic becomes available, meaning the Mavericks can sign the reigning MVP and reshape the roster around their two stars with role players.
Dallas has the edge in roster flexibility after acquiring Nikola Jokic, which should be enough to bring the duo to the Mavericks if they decide to team up.