Rumors Are Swirling About How Kings Passed on Luka Doncic Because Vlade Divac Hates Doncic's Dad

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The brightest young star in the NBA is undoubtedly Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks. During the 2018 NBA Draft, the Mavericks traded with the Atlanta Hawks for the services of Doncic by surrendering Trae Young, which (though Young can be nasty) has worked out well in Dallas' direction.

Yes, Dallas ended up in the money after the Sacramento Kings passed on the former EuroLeague MVP in favor of Marvin Bagley with the second overall pick, allowing Doncic to drop.

So what was the deciding factor for the Kings taking Bagley over Doncic?

During an appearance on "The Woj Podcast," ESPN's Tim MacMahon revealed rumors that Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac refused to draft Doncic because...he had beef with his father.

“My understanding is that [Divac] being so close to Luka and knowing his dad so well factored into their decision," said MacMahon. "Basically, he didn’t think a whole lot of Luka’s dad, and the whole like father like son … well … no, this is a different dude. You messed that one up, Vlade.”

Although this is a rumor, it does sound like an absurd reason for anyone to pass on a talented player, non-Ball division.

The Kings did already have De'Aaron Fox on the roster, which the organization could certainly spin in their favor. Yet the roll Doncic has been on in just his second season shows he can turn around a franchise and take them to new heights.

Through 16 games, Doncic has averaged 30.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 9.8 assists, oh so close to a triple-double. Did we mention he's not even halfway through his second season?

The Sacramento Kings will deny these rumors, but they won't look any smarter for passing on a generational star like Luka matter the reason.