The Dallas Mavericks presented the Slovenian guard guard on Monday Luka doncic a 5-year, $ 207 million rookie supermax contract extension, according to information provided by his agent Bill Duffy, from BDA Sports a, the ESPN television network. The signature is the largest in NBA history in a rookie contract extension.
Doncic, one of the most highly educated players in NBA history at age 22 and rapidly evolving into the future face of the league, became the first player eligible for the maximum designated rookie extension upon signing because he has been voted on. twice to the All NBA first team. In addition, the player will also have the option of the last year which will allow him to enter the free agent market earlier if he wishes and has not reached a new agreement with the Mavericks.
A contingent of executives from the Texan franchise landed in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Monday to formally present the contract to Doncic and Duffy. The delegation is led by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and new general manager Nico Harrison. They were also joined by new coach Jason Kidd, assistant general manager Michael Finley, special advisor, former star forward Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, and current director of player health and performance, Casey Smith.
Doncic will sign the contract this Tuesday, in Slovenia and will hold a press conference there, always according to the information offered by Duffy and which was released through the ESPN television network. “Today is a dream come true,” Doncic said in a statement that was also offered through ESPN. “The basketball It has given me so much and taken me to so many incredible places. I am honored and excited to remain in Dallas as part of the Mavericks. “Doncic reiterated that he is committed and grateful to the Mavericks organization and fans, while also increasing his efforts to expand the Luka Doncic Foundation, an organization International non-profit organization that will help the neediest places in his country and North Texas. The goal is to renovate old basketball courts where he played as a child and that one day, as happened to him, they can achieve the dream of reaching to the NBA. “I can’t wait for the future both on and off the basketball court,” Doncic said in the statement.
Doncic became the youngest Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Euroleague history in 2017-18, when he led Real Madrid to a title before being chosen with the third overall pick in the NBA college draft, and he was immediately traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Mavericks for point guard Trae Young and a future first-round pick. The Slovenian won the Rookie of the Year award in 2018-19 and has been an All-NBA first-team selection for the past two seasons. Only four players in the history of the NBA They have made the All-NBA first team several times before their 23rd birthday, and Doncic and forward Kevin Durant are the only players to accomplish the feat since the ABA-NBA merger.
Doncic, who led the Slovenian national team to their first Olympic appearance and to fourth place at Tokyo 2020, has NBA career averages of 25.7 points; 8.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. His playoff production has been even more impressive, as he averaged 33.5 points; 8.8 rebounds and 9.5 assists in 13 postseason games.
Despite Doncic’s individual brilliance, the Mavericks are still trying to advance beyond the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Although Dallas has lost to the LA Clippers in each of the past two playoffs, Doncic dominated with five 40-point playoff performances, highlighted by an outing of 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists that ended with the winning buzzer in The Victory. of the Mavericks in Game 4 in 2020. The guard came to offer a double-double of 46 points and 14 assists in the loss of Game 7 last season.