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Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr. addresses rumored beef with Mavs’ Luka Doncic, says they always got along


Luka Doncic is a member of the Dallas Mavericks while Dennis Smith Jr. is now a member of the New York Knicks. However, once upon a time, both point guards suited up alongside one another in Dallas — before Smith Jr. was traded to the Knicks midway through last season, that is.

Because Smith Jr. was seemingly traded away due to the massively positive impact that Doncic was having on the Mavs as a rookie last season, it was widely rumored that the tandem of signal-callers has some serious beef stirring between them. According to Smith Jr., though, he and Doncic never encountered any beef along the way.

“It’s always been all love,” Smith Jr. recently said, via The New York Daily News. “People tried to create this kind of picture. He’s a great dude. I don’t know where that story came from or who really started that narrative, but me and Luka always got along well. That’s my dog, for real.”

Smith Jr. is now part of a young core that the Knicks are hoping will take the typically lowly Eastern Conference franchise into the future sooner rather than later. With the Knicks infamously missing out on both current New Orleans Pelicans big man Zion Williamson and just about every major free agent on the market this past summer, it will be up to Smith Jr. and company to turn things around in a hurry in the “Big Apple.”

In addition to Smith Jr., the Knicks are also housing the likes of big man Mitchell Robinson, swingman RJ Barrett, forward Kevin Knox and several other notable up-and-coming players.