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Dallas Mavericks targeting Igor Kokoskov to reunite with Luka Doncic

DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 9: Head Coach Igor Kokoskov and Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks look on during the game against the Phoenix Suns on January 9, 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Dallas Mavericks continue to work on building Jason Kidd’s coaching staff. The Mavericks are reportedly targeting Euroleague head coach Igor Kokoskov to join their organization.

The team hopes to rejoin him with a familiar face in Luka Doncic. The pair led the Slovenian national basketball team to a championship victory in 2017, a year before Doncic joined the NBA. These two coming back together in the league almost happened before.

Kokoskov was the head coach of the Phoenix Suns in the 2017-18 season. As fate would have it, the Suns landed the top pick in the 2018 draft. After weeks of speculation, the organization ultimately went with the local product out of Arizona, Deandre Ayton. Doncic ended up going third overall to Atlanta. The Hawks then traded his rights to Dallas in a deal that sent Trae Young the other way.

With the news of this potential move, one should consider its implications. Dallas has reportedly had concerns about Luka Doncic’s desire to remain with the team long-term. Should the Mavericks bring in Igor Kokoskov, they may generate more favor from their resident superstar. Doncic is eligible for a maximum scale contract extension this offseason.

Dallas Mavericks offseason

This summer has turned out as a period of high turnover for the Mavericks. Many questions surrounded the team entering the offseason as they fell short in the playoffs again. Longtime stalwarts within the organization in GM Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle parted ways with them. Both played a significant role in the franchise’s lone championship win in 2011.

Former assistant coach Stephen Silas left for the head coaching job in Houston a year ago. Jamahl Mosley, another assistant, agreed to become the next head coach of the Orlando Magic.

Kristaps Porzingis’ future with the team remains unknown at this time. Dallas traded for him during the 2019 season, hoping to pair another star next to Luka Doncic. The team relinquished multiple draft picks to New York in the deal, leaving them with limited resources to improve today. Only two years after the fact, they seem to want to move on already.

As things continue to shift, Dallas may end up courting an almost entirely new team in the ’21-’22 season. As for what comes next for them this offseason, we’ll have to wait and see.

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