A plan to select Luka Doncic with the #1 pick and make a run at signing Clint Capela that offseason was proposed to the Phoenix Suns in the lead-up to the 2018 NBA Draft, tweeted Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The team had also hired Doncic's national team coach Igor Kokoskov before the draft.

Suns owner Robert Sarver reportedly urged the team draft Deandre Ayton with the #1 pick.

Doncic finished with 42 points and 11 assists in the Mavs' 120-113 win against the Suns on Friday night.