Mavs GM Nico Harrison: Team Needs Improvement, Core Around Luka Doncic Set

After reaching the NBA Finals for the third time, the Mavericks are confident in their future success.

Team Improvements and Luka Doncic’s Role:

During his exit interview, GM Nico Harrison stated that while there’s room for growth, Luka Doncic has a solid team around him. Despite losing 4-1 to the Celtics in the finals, Harrison plans to keep the team’s rotation mostly unchanged but challenges everyone to improve by 10-15%.

Doncic made history by leading in points, rebounds, assists, and steals during the playoffs. His leadership shone after harsh criticism following Game 3 against Boston.

In Game 4, Luka led Dallas to a historic win. “We’re not where we’re at without Luka,” Harrison said. He emphasized that they need the best version of Luka moving forward.

Fans believe this is just the beginning of something special.

Harrison acknowledged Luka’s resilience under scrutiny and expects him to continue improving. “He’s willing to fight through adversity,” he added.

Luka’s Growth and Injuries:

At just 25 years old, Luka has a bright future ahead. Harrison believes going through tough playoff matchups will help him be at his best in future finals.

Despite injuries during their playoff run, Luka played every game and logged a league-high 899 minutes. “He was hurting but he’s a warrior,” said Harrison.

Re-signing Derrick Jones Jr.:

The Mavericks want to re-sign Derrick Jones Jr., who was valuable on a veteran’s minimum deal last year. However, they face budget constraints and can only offer $5.2 million unless they cut payroll elsewhere.

“I don’t know how we’re going to do it, but he’s a priority,” said Harrison about keeping Jones Jr., emphasizing his importance to the team dynamics.

Luka’s Summer Plans:

Another question is whether Doncic will play for Slovenia in Olympic qualifiers starting July in Greece. Nico mentioned that playing for his national team brings Luka great joy despite any uncertainties surrounding his participation: “As long as he can walk, he’s probably going out there.”

James Shotwell
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