Bonding with his new teammates lasted a few days with Luka Doncic at the Las Vegas summer league, although it did not include playing any games.
The No. 3 overall draft pick now will focus more on bonding with coach Rick Carlisle.
That duo took flight on Wednesday, headed for Doncic’s home country of Slovenia so that Carlisle can get a little more familiar with the teenager’s family, friends and roots.
This development meant for certain that Doncic, as expected, would not play in any of the Mavericks’ summer-league games in Las Vegas, where they lost their first tournament-round game to Chicago 95-83 on Wednesday.
They will play the Washington Wizards’ summer squad on Friday to close out their summer league.
Carlisle has made it a habit of making trips to the home town of marquee players that the Mavericks acquire. He has spent time in Ames, Iowa, with Harrison Barnes.
Last summer, he spent several days in Fayetteville, N.C., with No. 9 overall pick Dennis smith Jr.
He’ll pick up a few more frequent flyer miles going to Slovenia than he did to North Carolina.
Doncic signed his rookie-scale contract on Monday, but the decision already had been made that he would not play in any summer-league games.
Smith and Dorian Finney-Smith also are finished with summer-league play.
Making their case: The Mavericks lost their tournament-round opener at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, but with a couple of their top players already done with the Las Vegas proceedings, it has provided others a chance to shine.
Second-round draftee Jalen Brunson continued his strong summer-league showing with eight points and seven assists in 21 minutes against the Bulls, who got 19 points and nine rebounds from No. 7 overall pick Wendell Carter Jr.
Kyle Collinsworth had 14 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes and Jalen Jones had eight points in 12 minutes.