Luka Doncic is likely to become a top pick in the 2018 NBA draft if he declares. However, his current club, Spanish giants Real Madrid, understandably won’t be so eager to let their rising superstar go.

According to, Real Madrid president Florentino will try to keep hold of the 18-year-old Slovenian a little longer even though it might be difficult to convince him to stay.

“Every day that we can keep Doncic in the team is a luxury”, Perez said to Spanish newspaper “El Espanol“.

“We are talking about one of the best players in the world, at the age of 18. We all want his professional life to be the best possible, but we will work with him to see if we can keep him a little longer.”

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Doncic had a terrific EuroBasket this summer. He averaged 14.3 points and 8.1 rebounds to help Slovenia win its first ever major international tournament. He had notable performances in the quarterfinals against Latvia (27 points and nine rebounds), and in the semifinals against Spain, where he had a near-triple double of 11 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists.

Those performances against top opposition have likely helped improve Doncic’s NBA draft stock. The Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, and Cleveland Cavaliers, who own the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick, could be among the teams that’ll get the opportunity to pick Doncic in the high lottery if he does decide to leave Real Madrid and declare next summer.