On Thursday, the Mavericks seemed to have found what they are looking for in Slovenian Luka Doncic.
The trade included a future first round pick, but the Mavericks may have gotten the best player in the draft.
The Mavericks then drafted Oklahoma guard Trae Young with the No. 5 pick in the draft, who will be sent to the Hawks to complete the trade.
So ask Nelson about a player the Mavericks clearly coveted heading into the draft in Doncic, and he'll choose his words carefully regarding the 19-year-old from Slovenia.
Doncic figures to shape the future of the Mavericks in some form with Dallas coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the second of Nowitzki's two hard years at the start of his career.
"Luka is his own guy", Nelson said. "They really wanted me, and they were very, very nice", the 19-year-old said.
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Walker will be a free agent in summer 2019 , so it's probably only a matter of time before he finds himself on a new team. Wagner became the seventh MI basketball player picked in the first round since John Beilein has been the head coach.
Atlanta remains a target of multiple teams trying to move up in the draft, including Dallas, which also has been focused on selecting Doncic, league sources said. After the game - and with plenty of questions about his likely National Basketball Association destinations swirling - Doncic wouldn't commit to coming to the USA immediately.
"I think it's a transformational class", Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. said.
Real Madrid Luka Doncic celebrating the championship during Liga Endesa Finals match (4th game) between Kirolbet Baskonia and Real Madrid at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria, Spain. "That's why I want to remain guarded in my comments". The big question is how they will play Doncic with Dennis Smith, who they just drafted last summer.
Mark Cuban and the front office selected Villanova standout Jaylen Brunson with the No. 33 pick, as well as Kostas Antetokounmpo with the final pick in the draft.
The Suns are winners in this draft not for their top overall pick in Deandre Ayton (which was a good and the correct pick), but for what they did later on. (Several executives told me that the typical EuroLeague team would crush collegiate competition.) According to ESPN's Kevin Pelton, Doncic has the highest wins above replacement player (WARP) projection of any European prospect since 2006, when data became available.
While he was projected as a lottery pick, the 6-2, 178-pound guard entered Thursday with a wide range of where he could be selected.