The Mavs drafting Luka Doncic is a bet that their rebuild is over

Dallas isn’t just putting money on the Slovenian wonder to translate to the NBA — but that he and a free agent can put the Mavericks back in the playoffs.

The Mavericks swung a bold trade at the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday, moving up two picks to pick Luka Doncic at No. 3 in exchange from their own No. 5 pick — Trae Young, eventually — and a top-5 protected 2019 first-round pick.

This is really a synthesis of two bets.

The first bet is on Doncic, the Slovenian wunderkind aptly...


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