Luka Doncic’s FIBA Basketball World Cup dream falls through
After enjoying arguably his most successful season with the Dallas Mavericks last term, Luka Doncic is now hoping to lead his national team through the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. Ultimately, however, the Mavs superstar faces a major problem when it comes to his plans to represent the Slovenian national team this summer.
According to Slovenian basketball federation secretary Raso Nesterovic, FIBA has yet to provide details on how much money the federation will have to shell out to cover the insurance for Doncic’s Mavs contract:
“We have one of the biggest stars in the world of basketball on the team, who is ready to sacrifice his days off in the middle of the summer, but we have not yet received any information on where, how and when we need to sign up and insure celebrities like Luka Doncic and Goran Dragic,” Nesterovic said, via FanNation’s Grant Afseth.
Doncic is one of the highest paid players in the NBA today and let’s just say it would be problematic for the Mavs if he suffered some sort of injury while on international duty. That is why Slovenia will have to pay for its insurance. Depending on the amount, however, this question could get complicated.
Anyway, Nesterovic remains confident that Doncic will be available for the national team. After all, there’s no denying that the Mavs star will be their most important player in the tournament:
“Unofficially, they even told us to try to come to an agreement with the club. I think we will find a solution, because it is in everyone’s interest to see Luka Doncic play for Slovenia in the qualifiers for the World Cup and EuroBasket,” says Nesterovic.