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Potential Mavericks free-agent target Nikola Vucevic praises Luka Doncic, Dirk Nowitzki

Potential Mavericks free-agent target Nikola Vucevic praises Luka Doncic, Dirk Nowitzki
Published On: Sat, Mar 09
Dec 26, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts in front of Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic (44) during the first quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It was an at-times emotional night for Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic, but not because Friday night's opponent, Dallas, is rumored to be one of free-agent-to-be Vucevic's potential destinations this summer.

Mostly, it was emotional because SerbianA Vucevic grew up in Belgium idolizing Dirk Nowitzki, then moved to the United States for his senior year of high school in 2007, the year Nowitzki won his NBA MVP award.

Vucevic was thrilled that Nowitzki got named to last months' All-Star game in Charlotte, which also happened to be 28-year-old Vucevic's first All-Star appearance. On Friday, in what most likely was 40-year-old Nowitzki's final game against Orlando, Vucevic found himself matched up against Nowitzki on several occasions.

"It was a few times only," he said. "But, yeah, who knows if he'll come back? Every time I played on the court with him it was always fun, especially for me, growing up, you dream about that. He's definitely one of those players who, when I first played against him, I was like, 'Wow.'

"Unfortunately, everyone's career comes to an end and he had an amazing run and he deserves to get some rest and spend some time with his family and enjoy his life. He did so many great things for the game of basketball and we're all thankful for what he did for us."

Vucevic and Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic are represented by the same agent, Bill Duffy of BDA Sports, fueling speculation of a possible union in Dallas.A A After acquiring Kristaps Porzingis from the Knicks on Jan. 31, the Mavericks said they hope to utilize Porzingis primarily as a stretch center, which seemingly would lessen their need for Vucevic, another center.

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