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Wednesday / November 13.
  • Luka Doncic wins EuroLeague Final Four MVP, will announce NBA decision ‘soon’

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Luka Doncic, who has hinted he could remain in Europe and forego playing in the NBA, will announce his NBA decision “soon.”

    “I will tell about all at the right time,” he told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony in Belgrade, Serbia. “Right now I just want to celebrate with my team. Soon I will tell.”

    Doncic, 19, on Sunday was named MVP of the EuroLeague Final Four after going for 15 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds as Real Madrid defeated defending Euroleague champions Fenerbahce 85-80 in the EuroLeague championship game. Doncic is the youngest MVP ever of the Final Four after also becoming the youngest MVP ever of the EuroLeague regular season.

    Doncic figures to be a top-3 pick in the June 21 NBA Draft, with former Arizona big man Deandre Ayton also in the mix for the top spot by Phoenix.

    Phoenix, which has a Serbian coach in Igor Kokoskov, could opt to take Doncic of Slovenia, who might be the most NBA-ready player in the Draft. He was Doncic’s head coach when he won the 2017 EuroBasket title.

    But as Givony previously pointed out, Doncic will have leverage here: by hinting he may remain in Europe, he could dictate what NBA team he ends up with, or he could even force a trade.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.