Analyst says the 1st NBA team has put itself in a ‘really tough spot’

The NBA logo is shown on the game ball during an NBA game between the Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center on March 3, 2004 in Washington, DC.  Note to User: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading or using this photograph, User is agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
(Photo by Doug Pensinger / Getty Images)

For the past few years, people have speculated whether Luka Doncic will end his career with the Dallas Mavericks.

He could follow in Dirk Nowitzki’s footsteps and become a franchise legend by choosing to play his entire career, yet some still think he’s not cut from the same cloth.

Nowitzki played in a different era, and players nowadays often take a more selfish approach, which is perfectly fine and valid.

However, this leaves teams like the Mavericks often trying to persuade their stars to stay, which gives them little-to-no leverage in negotiations.

Notably, ESPN analyst Tim Bontemps believes that Mark Cuban and the Mavs have already reached that point with Luca.

According to Bontemps, it will take him a long time to convince Doncic that he can compete at the highest level after the Kyrie Irving fiasco, especially considering how unhappy he has been since Uncle Drew arrived in Texas.

Of course, it would be wrong and unfair to blame Kyrie for the team’s shortcomings.

He’s put up solid numbers, and he can’t be blamed for failing to add defenders all around the team.

But Doncic has publicly acknowledged that he’s not having fun anymore, and he’s got a history of temper tantrums.

Doncic has often given up his competitiveness, as is the case with most young players when they first enter the league.

Now, the Mavs need to make sure that competitive spirit doesn’t get in the way of their future together, as they can’t afford to lose such a once-in-a-lifetime talent.

NBA insider gives latest injury update on Khris Middleton