Luka Doncic and his Dallas Mavericks are now below .500 following a promising start to the 2021/22 NBA season. Over the past couple of seasons, the Mavericks have been linked with a series of players, especially after Kristaps Porzingis' struggles to mesh with Doncic.
They could make some noise shortly, and Doncic could help his team land a big name when nobody expects it. Eddie Bitar has recently identified the 5 best targets for the Mavericks right now, but one high-profile name could change everything for them if recent rumors are to believe.
Sixers writer Austin Krell reported on Tuesday that Luka has expressed interest in joining forces with Ben Simmons since the 2021 summer. However, he's not the only one trying to link up with the Australian point guard.
Luka Doncic is among the players to have expressed interest in playing with Ben Simmons, per source. That interest extends all the way back to the summer.
This may look exciting on paper, but you have to think twice about this move. For starters, it's odd to hear about Doncic making these comments, which are reported by somebody close to the Sixers, not the Mavs. Moreover, both Doncic and Simmons constantly need the ball in their hands to make an impact on the game.
It's unclear if they would fit in Dallas, especially if Simmons is willing to take a step back and work as Doncic's sidekick. Earlier this week, Ben was linked with a move to Portland to join forces with Damian Lillard.
The Doncic-Simmons could be an interesting pair, but everything could fell apart soon if they don't make things clear from the very beginning. Simmons is yet to return to the Sixers after his collapse in the 2021 NBA playoffs. If all these reports are to believe, he still has a big market, but time will tell how this situation unfolds.