June 4, 2023

Mavericks Have To ‘Earn’ Luka Doncic Wanting To Stay With Franchise For Entire Career

During an unexpected media availability on Wednesday, Mark Cuban was asked whether he gets a sense Luka Doncic remains optimistic about the long-term future of the Dallas Mavericks.

“Look, players don’t talk like that, just like, ‘Hey, I’m here for the next 17 years.'” said Cuban. “He’d like to be here the whole time, but we’ve got to earn that.”

Cuban was then asked how the Mavericks can do that.

“Win championships,” Cuban said. “It’s amazing how that cures all. I mean, before Giannis [Antetokounmpo] won, everybody was like, ‘Where’s he going? Where’s he going? He’s not staying. He’s not staying.’ [Nikola] Jokic, while they haven’t won, da, da, da, da, da. Dirk [Nowitzki] before [the Mavs won the 2010-11 title], right?

“There’s no great player, no superstar, where they don’t question, ‘What are you gonna do if you haven’t won yet?”

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