Luka Doncic is one of the young and upcoming stars in the league currently playing for the Dallas Mavericks. He has undoubtedly proven to be a generational talent and a potential face of the league. However, his team has been struggling and not seeing much success this season.
Since the league is entering an era of player empowerment, a player can demand a trade if he is unsatisfied with the direction that the team is heading in. With that being said, let us take a closer look at Doncic’s contract and whether the time has come for the Mavericks to part with him.
Luka Doncic is on a $215 million contract and will be a free agent in 2027
Should Luka Doncic demand a trade from the Dallas Mavericks? That certainly seems to be the question of a few fans’ minds. After all, the decision to acquire Kyrie Irving by sacrificing several key players is being heavily scrutinized at the moment. Especially considering that the duo has been unable to get wins to remain competitive in the Western Conference and currently holds a record of 37 wins and 40 losses.
If Irving leaves the Mavs and they get nothing in return, it would undoubtedly cause a significant amount of frustration for Doncic. However, there isn’t much he can do about it. After all, he recently signed a 5-year contract worth $215 million. That means he would be locked in by the Dallas Mavericks until 2027, with a player option in 2026.
At the moment it is still difficult to determine the exact relationship between Doncic and the Mavericks management. Both the trades for Chrisitan Wood and Kyrie Irving have not led to the expected success. Since Luka is coming off a trip to the conference finals last season, the expectations for Dallas have increased.
If they are unable to make it back there, at the very least, over the next few years then Donic can start getting frustrated and demand a trade over the next few years. Almost any team would be willing to find an impressive package and facilitate a trade for Doncic. Perhaps the Milwaukee Bucks could offer a package including Khris Middleton, Bobby Portis, Grayson Allen, and Thansis Antetokounmpo.
They will be one amongst many other teams in courting the young prodigy. However, all of this is merely hypothetical at the moment. Doncic is most likely to try for a few more years to win his team a coveted NBA title.