Report: Mavericks' Luka Doncic unlikely to play in Summer League
NBA.com Global on Jun 23, 2018 02:38 PM
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Slovenia's Luka Doncic celebrates during their Eurobasket European Basketball Championship final match against Serbia, in Istanbul. Doncic is a possible pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
NBA.com staff report
Many of the players selected in Thursday night's (Friday, PHL time) Draft will be on display next month in NBA Summer League.
No. 3 overall pick Luka Doncic likely will not be among them, reports ESPN's Tim MacMahon.
A Mavs source says Luka Doncic is unlikely to play in the Las Vegas summer league. The Mavs don’t want to overwork Doncic in the wake of a long EuroLeague season that ended earlier this week.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 22, 2018
It appears the Dallas Mavericks will prioritize rest for their prized rookie, who is coming off a long EuroLeague season. Between FIBA play, Eurobasket, and ACB league games, Doncic has played over 150 professional basketball games the last two seasons.
"We've got to understand that he is 19," said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle after the Draft. "NBA stardom doesn't happen overnight. It's going to be a process, and we've got to protect him as well as be excited for him to get on the floor and do the things that he's done so well in Europe."
Dallas moved up two spots in a trade with Atlanta to select Doncic as the Draft's No. 3 pick, while the Mavs shipped Trae Young to the Hawks at No. 5 and a future first-round pick.