Then, it all happened in a flash.
Finley's immediate and blunt response? "But I stayed professional". Now, the task of picking which talented college player they will take has begun. We can't predict what exactly the Suns have planned, but what they do at the draft should give us all a really good idea of what's to come.
The Suns have been in the NBA Draft Lottery the past eight years, as the team hasn't made the playoffs since the 2009-10 season.
Doncic was a key player in Slovenia's impressive run to the European Championship gold medal last September and this weekend he will be in the spotlight as Real Madrid aim to win a record 10th title in the Euroleague, the continent's top club competition.
The Philadelphia 76ers did not receive the first and 26th overall picks - the best-case scenario - in the first round of the National Basketball Association draft.
National Basketball Association draft lottery: Phoenix Suns get first pick
One of those players probably will be donning a Mavs uniform next year.
The Mavericks thought they had done enough to land a high pick in the lottery.
"We don't have a position in mind that we're looking to improve on", Finely said. In other words, he's not only a fantastic player but he's also a fantastic teammate and overall human being. As much as Vlade Divac loves to make insane out of the box decisions there are a number of bigs at the top of the draft to offer Divac plenty of choices.
Assistant general manager Keith Grant and assistant equipment manager Neil Herskowitz represented the Mavs in the banquet room Tuesday night. However, the hiring of JB Bickerstaff as their head coach shows that it won't be the last time Memphis is in the lottery during this decade and that they're all in for tanking to build a respectable foundation within the Western Conference.
"We're good", he said.More news: ICC to consider scrapping coin toss in test cricket, according to reports
The rest of the draft lottery pool will consist of the Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets, with those teams having chances of sneaking the top pick ranging from 5.3 percent down to 0.5 percent.
The other Duke big man, Wendell Carter Jr.
Herskowitz agreed with Grant, and added a twist.
Two teams took leaps upward with Atlanta moving up one spot to third. "That's what we'll do".More news: Nikki Bella SLAMS rumours that her breakup with John Cena is fake
"He's got so much potential", Jackson said.
"Throw out the numbers, read out the names and you move on".
"I've done live theater", she said. The Suns' rebuild isn't over after the draft, but it'll certainly be bolstered come June 21. I just don't see the Suns giving this pick up.
Just not as overly exciting as the Mavs would have preferred.
The Suns have the first pick, and that means they should keep it. It worked out with Dennis Smith Jr. The teams affected by shifts were in the two through six selections. He came to the United States from the Bahamas, hoping for great things but never expecting this would be the cards he was dealt.More news: Didier Deschamps explains Lacazette and Martial omissions from France World Cup squad