Mavericks All-Star Guard Luka Doncic hopes to win everything at Eurobasket this year, by Eurohoops. The 6’7″ guard plays for his native Slovenia in the competition. Led by Doncic and his compatriot Goran Dragicthe Slovenian national team won Eurobasket in 2017. Dragic retired from that particular competition after the event – but didn’t retire in time to adapt this season.
“We are going to Germany [the locale for the event] earn gold, Doncic told reporters. “In every competition we participate in, the goal must always be first place. We will do everything for it, but we will see if we can achieve it. In 2017, nobody took us seriously when we announced our attack for the gold medal, today is different, it’s good when we see that everyone will go the extra mile against us to win.
Here are more odds and ends from the world of basketball:
- The FIBA U18 European Championship 2022 in Izmir, Turkey featured several intriguing NBA international prospects. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony evaluates the best candidates among young talents in a new piece (Insider link). Givony considers two French players, versatile shooter Sidy Cissoko and small defensive forward Rayan Rupertto be the most exciting players in the event.
- With NBA training camps a month away and most of the summer’s big deals in the rearview mirror, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Kevin Pelton assess which clubs are fully committed to succeed in the present and how much of their future leverage they have given up to get there.
- Former Pelicans two-way player Trevon Bluett agreed to the terms of a deal with Polish club MKS Dabrowa Gornicza, a source tells our own JD Shaw (Twitter link). The 27-year-old winger was undrafted by Xavier in 2018 before joining the Pelicans on a two-way deal. He worked with NBAGL clubs, the Westchester Knicks and Salt Lake City Stars until 2021, but never made the jump to the NBA. The 6’6″ swingman then went overseas, playing for clubs in Turkey and Germany.