Atlanta Hawks leaning toward Luka Doncic with third pick in NBA Draft

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The Dallas Mavericks' big draft-day trade has already been met with approval from one of their key players.

Coach Rick Carlisle called the trade to get Doncic, which cost the Mavs the No. 5 overall pick and a lightly protected future first-rounder, "a defining moment in this rebuild" after Dallas went 24-58 last season.

Another buzzworthy move was when the Sixers traded Villanova's Mikal Bridges, whom they selected with the No. 10 pick, to the Suns in exchange for the draft rights to No. 16 pick Zhaire Smith and a 2021 first rounder (via Miami).

With playoffs, the Las Vegas Summer League lasts 11 days, so there remains a possibility Smith and Doncic could play a game or two together.

The first major move in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft came early on as the Atlanta Hawks worked out a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. "There's just some really cool elements to this that take me back and remind me about what it was like 20 years ago when we were watching these young guys". The Mavericks acquired Nowitzki during the 1998 draft, trading down to get the 7-footer who was taken ninth overall by Milwaukee.

In doing so he averaged 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists in 25 minutes over 61 total games. Since he's still under contract with Real Madrid, Doncic had leverage.

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He is the youngest recipient of the EuroLeague MVP and EuroLeague Final Four MVP awards.

"Whatever city I went to, I was going to be able to be comfortable in", said Young, who wore suit shorts with his burgundy-colored jacket. Huerter could turn into a good 3-point threat, but I feel he lacks the intangibles to become much more than that.

The Mavericks' selection of Doncic, however, could cause a re-evaluation of those plans.

"He may be the most accomplished European teenager to ever come into the draft", ESPN draft analyst Jay Bilas said. We've got to prepare him for the long haul.

Speaking of brothers, Kostas Antetokounmpo of Dayton, brother of Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, was the 60th and final pick by Philadelphia. They then follow that pick up by selecting another guard in Jerome Robinson.

Dallas is a great situation for the 19-year-old prodigy however, the best out of the teams that selected one through five on draft night.

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