Luka Doncic: Playing for Jason Kidd is an excellent opportunity
Luka Doncic is coming off yet another impressive season, averaging 27.7 points, eight rebounds and 8.6 assists per game. Press Association

Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic recently praised new head coach Jason Kidd, calling the chance to play for the 12-time All-Star an “excellent opportunity”, as relayed by BasketNews.com.

“I think he’s an excellent coach who also knows a lot about how to play basketball and how to lead a team,” Doncic said. “It is an excellent opportunity for me to grow and I think it will help me a lot.”

Doncic, 22, is coming off yet another impressive season, averaging 27.7 points, eight rebounds and 8.6 assists per game. Doncic also expressed confidence that the Mavericks could compete for a championship this year, sporting key pieces such as himself, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and others.

“As I say, that is my goal and I believe that you can always fight,” he explained. “We’ll see how the season goes, but in my opinion we can be there, fighting for everything. I do not know if we need one or two players. We first have to start playing and then we will see what happens.”

There’s more out of the Southwest Division tonight:

  • Spurs guard Bryn Forbes has hired Octagon for his new representation, the agency announced on social media (Twitter link). Forbes signed with San Antonio last month after spending the 2020-21 season with the NBA champion Bucks. Before joining the Bucks, the 28-year-old sharpshooter played his first four seasons with the Spurs, appearing in 261 games. He was previously represented by Excel Sports Management.
  • Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com rates the Celtics-Grizzlies trade featuring Kris Dunn, Carsen Edwards and Juan Hernangomez. As we previously relayed, Boston is set to trade Dunn, Edwards and a 2026 second-round pick swap to Memphis in exchange for Hernangomez.
  • In case you missed it, the Spurs decided to waive 23-year-old forward Chandler Hutchison this weekend. San Antonio acquired Hutchison as part of a five-team August trade. He appeared in 25 contests with the Bulls and Wizards last season, averaging 5.7 points and 18.2 minutes per contest.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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