Luka Doncic is considered one of two favorites to be the No. 1 decide within the 2018 NBA Draft, and as probably the most effective European prospect ever, he has some leverage in the place he begins his profession. He might, if he chooses, use the specter of signing long-term in Europe as a option to dissuade sure groups from drafting him.
Doncic is at the moment competing for Real Madrid, considered one of, if not the finest skilled basketball group on this planet outdoors the NBA. His group is within the EuroLeague Final Four proper now, which is why he gained’t take part within the draft mix, and in press interviews abroad, he mentioned he hasn’t made his resolution on whether or not he will certainly go to the NBA but.
“Ι’m not sure if these are the last two games [in EuroLeague],” Doncic mentioned, according to Euro Hoops. “We have yet to make this decision. Perhaps after the season.”
This response was good technique from Doncic and his agent.
The Draft lottery on Tuesday revealed the top-Three picks within the draft belong to the Suns, Kings and Hawks respectively. We don’t have any indication but of which groups Doncic does or doesn’t favor, nevertheless it’s no coincidence the Suns brought in Doncic’s Slovenian national team coach Igor Kokoskov as head coach this season. If Phoenix opted to go along with Deandre Ayton at No. 1, or anybody else, would Doncic be okay touchdown in Sacramento or Atlanta?
“[Doncic] is under contract in Real Madrid. If he doesn’t want to go to Sacramento, he can definitely make things hard on them by saying, ‘Guys if you draft me, I’m going to sign a huge extension, I’m going to make 2 million Euro next year and I’m not coming over until you trade my rights.’”
“He’s never at any point said 100 percent he’s coming over next year. I think he’d like to, obviously you want to get your rookie-scale contract started, you want to get moving on that second deal four years from now. But he has a lot more leverage in this process than anybody else in this draft.”
Givony went on to say how Sacramento particularly won’t be a goal for Doncic.
“Sacramento is not the most attractive place for a young prospect. De’Aaron Fox was very excited to go there, but we’ve seen in the past that that isn’t always the case with these young guys.”
With simply over 4 weeks till the draft, rumors shall be heating up over who goes the place. But for now, it’s apparent Doncic is conscious of the facility he holds in his distinctive circumstance.