Donnie Nelson Rumors

Nelson unsuccessfully lobbied for Dallas to draft Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2014, but he completely sold owner Mark Cuban in 2018. Doncic was the target as the Mavs tanked during the 2017-18 season. Commissioner Adam Silver fined Cuban $600,000 for “public statements detrimental to the NBA” after the billionaire blurted out on a podcast midway through the season that he told the team’s veterans that “losing is our best option.”
Doncic was never considered the consensus best player in a draft that saw Deandre Ayton go No. 1 to the Phoenix Suns and Marvin Bagley III go No. 2 to the Sacramento Kings. Some questioned whether Doncic had “maxed out,” as Duffy put it, wondering if a player who was so polished could improve. “I was glad every time he lost a foot race or didn’t look very athletic, to be honest with you,” Nelson says, cracking up with laughter. “I was cheering for him to screw up in the European championships [days before the draft]. “I just wanted him to drop!”