The Dallas Mavericks made a run to the Western Conference Finals behind superstar Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old averaged 31.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 1.8 steals during the postseason as he made his case for best player in the league by taking out the top-seeded Suns in the second round.
There will be no rest for Luka as he plans on leading the Slovenian National team this summer. He made it known during his exit interview that practice for their World Cup qualifiers begins on June 15, and Doncic also plans to play for his national team in EuroBasket in September in what will be a packed summer of basketball for the 23-year-old.
Doncic is getting some help for their crucial 2023 World Cup qualifying game as Goran Dragic is returning to play for his country for the first time since winning EuroBasket 2017 next to a teenage Luka.
Goran Dragic to team up with Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic for crucial game
Slovenia is 2-2 in World Cup qualifying thus far, and they are facing a must-win game on June 30 as they host Croatia in Ljubljana. The top three teams in the group advance to the next stage, and a loss ends Slovenia’s chances of reaching the World Cup, so Dragic agreed to return to play for his country.
Both men will be excited to share the court again. Dragic made it clear he wanted to finish the 2021-2022 season playing for the Mavericks next to his friend and countryman Luka Doncic. The 6’3 guard was on hand at a few Mavs playoff games after the Nets were eliminated, and Luka is always excited to play with the Dragon. The Mavericks superstar has a ton of respect and admiration for Dragic.
Do not be surprised to see the Dallas Mavericks sign Goran Dragic this summer, especially if he is willing to play for the veteran minimum. Luka Doncic will have some say in the basketball decisions, and he loves Dragic. The veteran gives them another impact rotation player off the bench and a key voice in the locker room.
If Dragic is willing to come off the bench and play limited minutes, he could be a Maverick next season. If not, Luka will get to team with him at least one more time as Dragic returns for the crucial World Cup qualifier on June 30th in Slovenia.