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Top NBA Draft Pick Hints He Might Not Play In 2018-19

A general view of Adam Silver standing at the podium at the 2017 NBA Draft.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Luka Doncic is widely considered to be either the No. 1 or No. 2 overall prospect in the 2018 NBA Draft class. Some believe he's the best European prospect of all-time. He's very much in contention to be the top overall pick later this June.

The 19-year-old star is now hinting that he might not play in the NBA in 2018-19. He might decide to stay in Europe.

The star prospect has hinted at this before and he did it again at a recent press conference.

"Ι’m not sure if these are my last two games [in EuroLeague]. We have yet to make this decision. Perhaps after the season," Doncic said.

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress further expanded on this on Twitter.

"His representation has some very unique leverage to steer him to a specific destination, or even nudge a trade along, should they choose," he said.

"Also obviously Luka is aware that he needs to be smart about the fact that he's playing in the Euroleague Final Four with Real Madrid and can't be openly talking about his next destination before the season is over. That wouldn't be a great move on his part."

The Phoenix Suns have the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft. The Sacramento Kings have the No. 2 pick, while the Hawks have No. 3.

It would be very surprising if Doncic is not selected with pick No. 1 or pick No. 2. Perhaps the star European prospect does not want to go to Phoenix or Sacramento. And it'd be surprising if it's Phoenix, considering the Suns just hired his former head coach.

The NBA Draft is set for June 21.