West exec on Luka Doncic: Only way to force a trade is to sit out like Ben Simmons did


There is the reality, too, that Doncic has a contract that will pay him $215 million over five years, and gives him very little leverage in seeking a trade from Dallas. “The Mavericks are not going there, and everyone knows it,” a Western Conference executive told Heavy. “There is just no way. The only way he can force a trade is to sit out like Ben Simmons did and anyone who knows anything about Luka knows he is not going to do that. There’s just no way.
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Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Luka Doncic on his future with the Dallas Mavericks: “I’m happy here, so there’s nothing to worry about.” AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Luka Doncic on the controversial end to the season and his future in Dallas
“Something’s got to change”
#NBA…4:16 AM
Luka sets the record straight on him and the Mavs. AM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
There is a fascinating wrinkle when it comes to All-NBA ballot: Jayson Tatum is guard-eligible and Jokic is forward-eligible, which could impact #Cavs Donovan Mitchell getting a first-team nod (aside from the obvious Luka Doncic & Shai Gilgeous-Alexander standing in his way) – 12:09 AM
Sean Deveney @SeanDeveney
So @luka7doncic is going to ask for a trade from the @dallasmavs? Well, no. Hold those horses, several execs tell @HeavyOnSports. Luka is no Ben Simmons.
“There is just no way,” one GM said.
More on the situation ……11:33 PM
Mavericks’ Luka Doncic on future in Dallas: ‘I’m happy here,’ but ‘something’s got to change’…11:09 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Mavericks’ Luka Doncic wants change after losing season, Jason Kidd asks for patience…10:00 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
From @KSherringtonDMN:
Luka Doncic, Mavericks’ losing season was unimaginable. Now what?…9:39 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Mavericks’ Luka Doncic wants change after losing season, Jason Kidd asks for patience…9:22 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
ESPN story on Mavs’ media exit interviews, during which Luka Doncic said he’s “happy here” and Kyrie Irving didn’t participate:…8:21 PM
The Vertical @Balldontlie
“I didn’t like that decision. That’s it.”
Luka Doncic on Mavs stars sitting in the team’s final games 😬
(via @GrantAfseth) PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Kyrie Irving declined to do an exit interview with the Dallas media. Other Mavs, including Luka Doncic, did exit interviews today. – 6:17 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic stressed that “I’m happy here,” clearly annoyed about speculation to the contrary and concerns about his longterm future in Dallas. – 6:17 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka said he didn’t like the decision to sit guys the last two games. But he was consulted about it and came to an understanding. – 6:15 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic on the Mavs’ decision to pull the plug Friday night: “I didn’t like it. That’s it.” – 5:58 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic: “I’m happy here, so there’s nothing to worry [about].” – 5:54 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Luka Doncic says “I didn’t like” the decision to sit players out, but he says he’s no longer thinking about that.
“We came to an agreement.” PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Kidd says he’ll probably go see Doncic in Slovenia sometime this summer, but for now he just wants Doncic to exhale and get ready to reboot for next season. – 5:50 PM
Jeff Wade @SkinWade
Exit interviews for Kidd and Luka happening now on Mavs Live on @BallySportsSW – 5:48 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
LeBron places the crown on his own head after the Lakers build a double-digit lead over the Luka Samanic-led Jazz to qualify for the play-in tournament! – 5:42 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Luka Garza getting loose behind the Wolves bench. Think we’re gonna see him here with the Wolves’ top 3 centers in foul trouble (KAT), hurt (Naz), done playing basketball today (Gobert). – 5:14 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
KAT picks up his 4th and has to go to the bench.
With Gobert also, um, out, Wolves going with Kyle Anderson as the backup 5. He’s guarding Valanciunas.
Luka Garza is in uniform on the bench, so is Nate Knight. – 5:06 PM
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Luka Samanic’s passing is wayyyyyy beyond what I thought it could be – 4:57 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Will Hardy might be the greatest “I have none of my guys and I’m still not rolling over” coach I’ve ever seen. You could give him current Ben Simmons, a random G-League center and the three members of Rush and he’d still cover the spread. – 4:18 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Right on last day Luka Samanic submits a strong contender for worst alleyoop attempt of the season. – 4:17 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
End of first quarter: San Antonio 42, Dallas 14.
Meanwhile, guy behind us yelling “Kyrie! Kyrie! Luka! Luka!” during the many, many quiet moments in the arena is going to drive us crazy by halftime. – 4:05 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most PPG as a starter this season (minimum 4 games):
39.0 — Cam Thomas
33.1 — Joel Embiid
32.4 — Luka Doncic
Elite. PM

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Were the Mavericks clumsy in their obvious tank job Friday? Sure. Was it embarrassing for a team w/Luka & Kyrie to choose not to fight to the end? Yep. But if the NBA investigates Dallas, it will have to investigate a lot of its teams. In @TheAthletic: PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
April 9 RPR MVP:
1. Joel Embiid: 16.4
2. Nikola Jokić: 15.9
3. Luka Dončić: 15.3
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 14.4
5. Jayson Tatum: 14.1
6. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 13.8
7. Damian Lillard: 13.8
8. Anthony Davis: 13.4
9. Stephen Curry: 12.6
10. LeBron James: 12.6 AM

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Were the Mavericks clumsy in their obvious tank job Friday? Sure. Was it embarrassing for a team w/Luka & Kyrie to choose not to fight to the end? Yep. But if the NBA investigates Dallas, it will have to investigate a lot of its teams. In @TheAthletic: AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Mavs worried Luka Doncic could request a trade in the summer of 2024?…8:02 AM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Ben Simmons’ greatest basketball crime was briefly making people take the Hawks seriously – 9:50 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
What in the world is the jewel incrusted pendant hanging from Ben Simmons neck? kinda cool. Kinda heavy. It looks like it was five pounds. – 9:41 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Top 5 this season:
Mitchell Robinson
Steven Adams
Moses Brown
Bismack Biyombo
Ben Simmons
Guess the stat. PM

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Simmons will be in street clothes when the Nets host the 76ers on Sunday in the low-stakes finale, and when they travel to Philadelphia next week for the games that count. Forget the fact they’ve lost three straight to the Sixers. The Harden-Simmons subplot will add spice to what has the potential to be a rivalry. “Definitely,” Dinwiddie said. “I think we need a little more long-standing success as a rivalry to call Philly a true rival, but we have had some iconic meetings when I was there. They had a little beef; Nic [Claxton] and Embiid got into it, and Embiid had elbowed Jarrett, stuff like that. I’d say it’s too early.” -via New York Post / April 8, 2023
THE TRENCHES, TrenchWork Sports’ basketball training camp will take place in two sessions from July 24th to August 4th at the Arena of Peace & Friendship Stadium, Athens, Greece.  The daily program will include 8 hours of personalized skill workouts with NBA and EuroLeague stars’ skills trainers and coaches from NBA teams.  In charge of the coaching team of THE TRENCHES in Athens: * Phil Handy, assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. * Chris Johnson, the master teacher of the best of the best in the NBA, such as LeBron James and Ben Simmons.  * Chris Hines, the player development coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves.  * David Vanterpool, experienced in the EuroLeague and the NBA.  * Quinton Crawford, assistant coach of the Dallas Mavericks.   * Oliver Lafayette,the two-times EuroCup champion. -via / April 5, 2023
“I don’t even like doing this but I’m looking at a guy like Ben Simmons,” Garnett began his rant. “Ben Simmons, if you’re listening, I want you to go back and find your roots. Go back and find why you love playing the game. Straight up. You got a lot to give to the game. Straight up. “Like, to shut him down and him have back issues and be going through this whole f*cking song and dance. There’s like Melo [Carmelo Anthony], there’s [DeMarcus] Cousins at home, Dwight [Howard]… There’s n*ggas at home that could be in the league in the position. “If your heart ain’t in it, it is what it is. I hate to say that. I think he got another run in him, but it’s going to be Ben Simmons. It’s going to have to be him. Not his mom, none of this collective around him. No, it’s going to have to be him.” -via TalkBasket / April 4, 2023
Doncic, according to sources, has not been very active in the Mavericks’ decision-making process—and has no desire to change that. But around the league, teams are watching for the moment when Doncic gets fed up with the Mavs. “It is more just wishing than reality,” one Eastern Conference GM told Heavy Sports. “But there is definitely a thought process of this happening eventually, and it being a matter of when and not if. But the truth is, we were saying that about Giannis, too, and that certainly changed. Bradley Beal, guys like that—there is no reason to think that Luka is bolting for the door. Not yet, at least.” -via / April 10, 2023
“Anyone saying they’re going to trade him isn’t looking at the facts, or it is wishful thinking. Why trade him? You have him signed through 2027. This is not an issue until 2025 or 2026. That’s just the reality, the way the CBA is set up. He has not been in town long enough to start asking out.” But no doubt, the clock is ticking in Dallas. -via / April 10, 2023
Dallas’ short-term future with Doncic is secure, but the long-term future starts now. “(The Mavericks) have a few more years and they gotta get their s*** together,” the exec said. “That’s the bottom line.” -via / April 10, 2023

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