None of us knows what will happen next. Thatâ€™s the beauty of sports, though: You know you want to watch. â€śWhatever unfolds, unfolds,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™m just happy and blessed to be able to play a game I love again. â€¦ Whether they want me here or not doesnâ€™t really matter. Honestly, my job is to be a professional, show up to work like Iâ€™ve always done thus far, do my job the best way I know how to, and thatâ€™s it. I mean, we all have jobs (where) sometimes people at our jobs donâ€™t like us, or they donâ€™t want us there, as you guys probably can attest to in many other jobs across the world. And as a professional, as a working man, I have to do my job and do it the best way I know how to be able to support and take care of my family, and thatâ€™s what I will do.â€ť
December 9, 2022 | 1:03 pm EST Update
â€śI think they have a two-year window,â€ť ESPNâ€™s Tim MacMahon said on the Hoop Collective podcast. â€śThis season and next season going into that  summer. I think they have a two-year window where, you know, like Milwaukee did with Giannis Antetokounmpo, I think in that window they really need to convince Luka Doncic that he has a chance to contend year in and year out right here in Dallas. If they canâ€™t get it done in that two-year window, Iâ€™m not going to sit here and tell you that heâ€™s going to force a trade or ask for a trade. Iâ€™m just saying at that point if heâ€™s not happy, he has all the leverage in the world if he would be looking for leave.
â€śIâ€™m also not going to pretend I know his innermost thoughts, but obviously Iâ€™m around this team on a regular basis. I know people who do know Luka well. I donâ€™t think Luka will look for reasons to leave. I think heâ€™d be perfectly happy spending his entire career in Dallas. But if he doesnâ€™t have to look for reasons and theyâ€™re slamming him in the face, then thatâ€™s a problem.
â€śHeâ€™s also a guy who is a ruthless competitor, which means he loves winning. Heâ€™s used to winning. He won championships with Real Madrid. He won a EuroBasket championship with the Slovenian national team. He also detests losing. Like canâ€™t handle it. Whether itâ€™s cards, ping pong, but especially NBA games.â€ť