The Dallas Mavericks might be opting in for another Slovenian reunion featuring Luka Doncic and Goran Dragic.
As the leaguewide focus rapidly shifts to next week's draft and the June 30 start of free agency, sources say Dallas — while prioritizing its need for more wing help — does intend to explore the possibility of signing Goran Dragic this summer.
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This first surfaced 10 months ago when it was rumored that Dragic would be bought out by the Toronto Raptors and then quickly sign with the Mavs.
That did not see the light of day. Instead, Dragic was eventually traded to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Drew Eubanks, Thaddeus Young, and a 2022 second-round pick. The Spurs then bought him out, and he signed with the Brooklyn Nets.
Goran Dragic played 16 games for the Nets. He played 25.5 minutes per game and scored 7.3 points per contest, though he did make a bit more noise in the playoffs.
Luka Doncic, meanwhile, had quite a memorable season with Dallas. Doncic led the Mavs to the NBA Playoffs for the third straight time. They beat the Utah Jazz and the top-seeded Phoenix Suns to reach the Western Conference Finals for the first time since their 2011 NBA championship run.
Doncic also gained another NBA All-Star selection and earned a spot on the All-NBA First Team for the third year in a row.
If Doncic does reunite with Dragic, it would be the first time the Slovenians would play alongside each other in the NBA. That could be a magical pairing, considering how the Doncic and Dragic tandem led Slovenia to the 2017 Eurobasket title.
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Doncic, of course, needs all the help he can get. If Dragic does come in, he can contribute to the Mavs’ hopes of scaling even greater heights next season.