SANTA MONICA, California – Overall celebrated where they sat on Monday night at the same table in Barker Hangar at the NBA Awards show and waited especially for this year's Rookie message.
There was Luka Doncic. There was his mother, grandmother and girlfriend. There was Maverick's coach Rick Carlisle. There was Donic's agent, Bill Duffy, co-founder and president of BDA Sports. And there was Quique Villalobos, BDA Sports & # 39; director of Spanish basketball.
When Mavericks dealt with Doncic last June, they also got a strong alliance in Duffy, whose large stable NBA players include Donic's fellow ROY finalist Deandre Ayton, who, as 201
As journalists from Dallas-Fort Worth have often reminded readers, Duffy's customer list also includes free agents – and thus potential Mavericks – Nikola Vucevic, Patrick Beverley and Nikola Mirotic. 19659003] With the June 30 start of free agency approaching, Clipper's guard Beverley, 30, is very much in play for Mavericks. Sources told Dallas Morning News Monday night that Dallas and Beverley regard each other as a "perfect fit", although far from saying he is joining Doncic in Mavericks backcourt . There are no small questions about money, specifically how Mavericks will choose to distribute their estimated $ 30 million pocket money. And Beverley has other suitors, including the Lakers and Sixers.
One source said that while Mavericks and Beverley are planning to meet at the start of the free agency, the time and place of the meeting was not set as Monday night.
One source said Mavericks has also shown interest in 6-foot-10 small forward / forward Mirotic, but that he is further down on their wish list than Beverley.
Last but not least, the question of the All-Star Center Vucevic, which has long been reported, including by The News as a likely Mavericks free agent target. However, sources say the news that while Mavericks sees Vucevic as a viable fit with Kristaps Porzingis, Vucevic seeks a $ 25 million starting salary and is therefore out of Dallas & # 39; price range. And there is no chance that Vucevic will fall into Maverick's comfort award because his current team, Orlando, will keep him and because he has other suitors, especially Sacramento and Boston.
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It looks It seems that if Dallas decides to spend big on a center, it will be Al Horford. The news reports persist that there is common interest between Dallas and Horford, who declined a $ 30 million election to remain a Celtic.
Of the top 10 free agents and limited free agents on most lists, the only ones who have been heavily connected to Dallas are Hornet's guardian Kemba Walker, Vucevic and limited free agent Porzingis, the latter of whom is expected to sign a five-year, $ 158 million extension to remain a Maverick.
With Vucevic apparently out of the picture, leaving Walker as the only unlimited free agent on a large scale, much related to Dallas – but it's still early, and Mavericks has a league-rich reputation for keeping their thinking and maneuvering close on the west.
"This is when I'm going to do my job, right?" Maverick's owner Mark Cuban said Monday night. "So I'm excited to do it. Now it's when I go to work."
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