Jay Williams believes a Luka Doncic-Knicks union is possible amid the ongoing drama in Dallas.
“Earlier this year, I said that New York could be a potential opportunity [for Luka] and people killed me for it. It is possible, “Williams argued in his” Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin “show on Thursday – a day after the Mavericks parted ways with GM Donnie Nelson.
Later on Thursday, Doncic said Nelson’s exit was “hard” for him.
“There are possible scenarios where you start looking at where Luka would like to go and build if it does not work in Dallas,” Williams continued, noting that “New York is not the only option.
“But I would say that there is a lot of rumbling, and [Mavericks owner] Mark Cuban needs to put water on the fire. ”
Doncic’s contempt for the Mavericks, however, had to be far deeper than imagined for him to force himself out of Dallas, though rumors of a split in the organization were widespread this week.
Earlier, the NBA analyst asked: “Is [Doncic] very happy? What happens to that relationship? ”
Doncic, who was named the All-NBA First Team on Tuesday, is eligible to sign a super-max extension with Dallas on August 6th. The deal will amount to more than $ 200 million over five seasons.
Williams ‘recording comes amid Dallas’ headline production week for reported drama at the front office, which was revealed two days before Nelson’s breakup with the team.
“It was a little hard for me. I really like Donnie, “Doncic said on Thursday during a press conference with his Slovenian national team.
“I have known him since I was a child, and it was he who wrote me. It was difficult for me to see it, but it is not me who makes decisions there, ”the 22-year-old explained. Doncic joined the Mavericks in 2018.
The apparent tensions in Dallas follow the team’s first-round playoff exit for the Clippers. Earlier this week, The Athletic reported that Doncic is cautious about his future in Dallas due to a strained relationship with Haralabos Voulgaris, the Mavericks’ director of quantitative research and development.
Doncic has been frustrated by Voulgaris’ involvement in major decisions, including lineups and tournaments, according to the report.
Cuban quickly closed the report on Monday, calling it “ridiculous” for a “shadow GM” to call the shots in Dallas. However, the removal of Nelson on the heels of this report certainly raised eyebrows.
The Cuban also told Bleacher Reports’ Taylor Rooks that he “follows a lot” what his franchise star says along with coach Rick Carlisle and the rest of the front office.