The Dallas Mavericks are an unmitigated disaster right now. Between Donnie Nelson’s departure after more than two decades with the organization and Rick Carlisle’s abrupt exit, clearly something has gone awry within Mark Cuban’s franchise.
As such, the obvious question now becomes: will Luka Doncic look to make his exit next?
The question isn’t unfounded. Just this week Doncic expressed anger at the Mavericks’ latest moves.
Beyond that, it’s something of an open secret that he absolutely despises at least one of his teammates.
So is a trade of some sort viable?
During Thursday’s episode of ESPN Radio’s “Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin” show, Jay Williams made the case that the New York Knicks were very much a player in the hunt for Doncic’s services.
“Earlier in the year, I said New York could be a potential opportunity (for Luka) and people killed me for it,” Williams said.
To be clear, though – the Knicks aren’t the only option.
“There are feasible scenarios, where you start looking at, where will Luka want to go and build if it doesn’t work out in Dallas. (But) New York isn’t the only option. But I will say there’s a lot of rumblings, and (Mavericks owner) Mark Cuban needs to put water on that fire.”
It has come out in recent days that Doncic publicly mocked and taunted Carlisle during games, so perhaps his exit isn’t one that the young star will lose too much sleep over.
But if more dominos drop, including ones that the 22-year-old doesn’t approve of, then him heading to New York suddenly becomes a far less farfetched proposition.
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