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Report: Mavericks worry Jimmy Butler would stunt Luka Doncic’s development

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The Dallas Mavericks are one of the teams that were mentioned as a possible suitor for Jimmy Butler before the star swingman was traded last year, and the thought of him and Luka Doncic sharing a backcourt is one that seems like it should have appeal. However, it does not sound like the Mavs are planning to pursue Butler as a free agent this summer.

According to Mike Fisher of 247 Sports, the Mavericks have little interest in adding Butler because they fear he would stand in the way of Doncic continuing to develop as a star point guard. While Rick Carlisle’s system is one that is designed to feature two point guards, the Mavs worry that Butler wouldn’t want to share the ball and has too strong of a personality.

Dallas is open to the idea of acquiring a third star to pair with Doncic and Porzingis, but you can understand why any team with a young point guard would be leery of adding Butler to the mix. Butler has put his ego on display on numerous occasions, and we all know how his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves went. The Mavs are trying to build a core that can contend for championships for years, and adding a player like Butler to the mix would be a big risk.

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