After winning the Spanish league championship on Tuesday with his Real Madrid team, Slovenia's Luka Doncic will travel to New York City and attend Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, sources said.
All the talk about the Atlanta Hawks looking to trade down in the draft apparently was true.
Atlanta traded the rights of Doncic, who they selected with the third pick, to the Dallas Mavericks.
On average, there seems to be about one trade involving a starting-caliber, veteran player on National Basketball Association draft night.
The name of Luka Doncic will be prominently mentioned on Thursday night during the National Basketball Association draft.
Doncic's elevation within the Hawks organization reflects a leaguewide belief that Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III could go 1-2 to Phoenix and Sacramento, respectively, to open the draft, league sources said.
In addition to flipping picks, the Mavericks will send the Hawks a future first-round pick that is protected in 2019. As one of the likely top selections in the draft, Doncic's talent is undeniable, with NBA TV offering a profile of the 19-year-old native of Slovenia that indicated who his favorite player is: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James.