That's a hefty price to pay but many believed Doncic was the best player in this year's draft.
Dirk Nowitzki may be willing to come off the bench in his 21st season. "We want to be a franchise that is back in the playoffs and plays well and has fun again".
But at the age of 40, the team needs to find an heir to Nowitzki and he believes Doncic has the ability to become a superstar. He's already really, really good, but he's still just 19. "Just the way he reads pick-and-rolls. he's going to be fun - fun to watch".
"He's going to be fun to watch especially with a big like DeAndre [Jordan] rolling to the rim, Dwight [Powell] rolling to the rim".
The guard duo of Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic should be fun to watch over the next decade or so, while the likely final months of Dirk Nowitzki's career should garner plenty of attention around the National Basketball Association as well.
The German made this observation after spending the past week scrimmaging with the youngster. Unbelievable. He's a good shooter when he has time.
"He's been here now for a week, scrimmaged every day, works hard and I really like what I see", Nowitzki said.
Dallas is betting big on the 6-foot-7 guard after trading up in June's draft to select him third overall.
"He's unbelievable in the pick-and-roll". His court vision is already unbelievable. "Coming over from a different country, I went through the same thing about 20 years ago". "If [Barnes] goes back to the four or we start other ways, I have no idea as of yet".
Dirk adds, however, that he doesn't want to put undue pressure on the rook. It's tough to adjust to a lot of things: living in a different country, another culture, to a different game, different coaching, different play style.
"The combination of court vision and size is something I haven't seen in my twenty years."That year was really really tough.
Although they're keen to manage expectations, it's clear that the Mavs feel they've got a gem on their hands.