Hawks rumor: Luka Doncic moved to front of Atlanta's conversations for 3rd pick
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Luka Doncic moved to front of Hawks’ conversations for 3rd pick

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European phenom Luka Doncic has moved into the Atlanta Hawks’ radar as a potential No. 3 overall selection, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 19-year-old is the youngest-ever EuroLeague MVP, recently walking away with some added hardware with his Spanish club Real Madrid.

The Hawks will consider the likes of Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. (their previously slated prospect), in case the Sacramento Kings opt for Doncic.

The Slovenian international has not been able to work out in front of scouts, but has instead competed for Europe’s most cherished trophy as a mere teen, showing an array of talents that have made him the darling of the Liga ACB in Spain along with being a clear stud in international competition, garnering his country’s first gold in EuroBasket 2017.

The Hawks have three picks in the first round — Nos. 3, 19, and 30. The 19th and 30th picks are now included in discussions to move up and select another player in the draft lottery, as Atlanta is expected to be very aggressive in its rebuild through young talent.

Doncic went from being a sureshot top-two pick to sliding to fourth in recent mock drafts to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Kings reportedly have little interest in Doncic due to the possibility that he may stay overseas next season.