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Luka Doncic is projected to be among the top three picks in the 2018 NBA Draft — perhaps even No. 1 overall.
But that doesn’t mean Doncic is ready to come to the NBA. In fact, according to Doncic himself, no decision has been made.
Doncic is a 6-foot-6 combo guard from Slovenia and currently playing for Real Madrid in the EuroLeague Final Four. He told reporters there this may not be his final season in the EuroLeague, which may be news to the NBA.
“I’m not sure if these are the last two [EuroLeague] games,” Doncic said. “We have yet to make this decision. Perhaps after the season.”
That said, Doncic did need to formally enter the draft and has done so. He’s not likely to withdraw, either.
And as Jonathan Givony of ESPN passed along on Twitter, perhaps Doncic avoided committing to the NBA because he’s in the middle of a tournament with another team. Talking about the NBA while playing for Real Madrid “wouldn’t be a great move on his part,” Givony wrote.
There’s also the possibility Doncic is sending a message — that he will return to Real Madrid if he’s not sold on the NBA team that drafts him, as Givony also noted.
“His representation has some very unique leverage to steer him to a specific destination, or even nudge a trade along, should they choose,” Givony wrote.
Whatever the reason, it appears the NBA draft has its first mini-drama, for an event that is typically full of them.