Report: Luka Doncic staying in 2018 NBA Draft

NBA.com Global on Jun 12, 2018 07:40 AM
Report: Luka Doncic staying in 2018 NBA Draft
Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso gives instructions to Real Madrid's Luka Doncic during their Final Four Euroleague final basketball match between Real Madrid and Fenerbahce in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

NBA.com staff report

Luka Doncic will be staying in the mix for the 2018 NBA Draft, it seems.

ESPN's Jonathan Givony reports that the Slovenian point guard will not withdraw from the 2018 Draft:

Luka Doncic will not withdraw his name from the 2018 NBA draft early-entry list, a source told ESPN.

Doncic, like other early-entry candidates, had the option to remove his name from the list of players eligible for selection by sending notice to the NBA league office by Monday's 5 p.m. ET deadline.

In late April, Doncic declared for the Draft after putting off making a decision until after the Eurobasket season. He scored 15 points as Real Madrid took down defending champion Fenerbahce Istanbul 85-80 in the 2018 Eurobasket final in Belgrade. It was the 10th league crown for Real Madrid.

Doncic is the reigning MVP of the Euroleague regular season, Euroleague Final Four and ACB regular season. He is currently playing with Real Madrid in the Spanish league (ACB) playoffs. Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) marks the start of the best-of-five finals against Baskonia.

Givony has more on Doncic, who is considered one of the top guard prospects in the 2018 Draft pool:

Where Doncic will be drafted remains a significant point of interest. He is currently projected to be picked No. 4 in the latest ESPN mock draft. He remains under consideration at No. 2 and No. 3, a source told ESPN.

A number of teams have also inquired about the possibility of trading into the top three, with an eye on picking Doncic. Those conversations are expected to become more serious in the coming week.

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