Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will not rest during the off-season. Doncic said on Monday that he plans to play for the Slovenian national team as he tries to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
Doncic’s comments come a day after Mavericks were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Clippers. Doncic’s Mavericks led the Clippers to match 7, but could not make a deal against Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Doncic was great throughout the series, averaging 35.7 points and 10.3 assists against the Clippers.
The Slovenian men’s national basketball team will play qualifiers at the end of June. If the team qualifies, Doncic will compete in the Olympics, which begin on July 23rd and end on August 8th.
Luka Doncic hints at signing a maximum extension
The 22-year-old Doncic has played three seasons in the NBA, which means he has the right to sign a five-year, maximum extension with the Mavericks in the off-season. Given Doncic’s talent and growth, it is all guaranteed that the Mavericks will make this offer to Doncic.
If there was a question about whether Doncic would accept the deal, he replied on Monday, saying “I think you know the answer” when asked if he would sign the deal.
With Doncic under a long-term contract, Mavericks will have to figure out how to surround him with elite talent. The Mavericks have made playoffs in the last two seasons, but have failed to advance after the first round and two years. They managed this, although Doncic averaged 33.5 points in 13 games after his career season.
Finding a reliable number 2 to pair with Doncic would go a long way toward making the Mavericks a legitimate contender for the championship in the near future.
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