Luka Doncic loves Dallas, and he left no doubt of that after agreeing to sign a five-year $207 million supermax rookie extension with the Mavericks on Monday night, according to Adrian Wojnarowski’s ESPN report.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 9, 2021
Doncic is in rare air as a 22-year-old superstar. In signing this contract, he becomes the first player eligible for the designated rookie max extension because he’s made two All-NBA teams, while on his initial rookie contract.
And with the five-year deal, Doncic has a fifth-year option, according to ESPN’s initial report.
“I am committed to the organization and appreciate the support of my fans,” Doncic said to ESPN. “I can’t wait for the future both on and off the basketball court.”
Doncic’s journey to Dallas has been a series of overachievements for the young point guard. He was the youngest MVP in EuroLeague history in 2017-18. After being selected third overall by the Atlanta Hawks, he was traded to Dallas for Trae Young on draft night.
He won NBA Rookie of the Year in the 2018-19 season. During that year, he averaged 21 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists. His play, in his first year in the NBA, garnered questions as to if he is the NBA’s greatest rookie ever.
Since that point, Doncic has made two All-NBA teams while averaging 28 and 27 points, respectively. And in each season, Doncic has endeared himself to Mavericks fans with his hard work, tenacity and will to win on the court.
“The game of basketball has given me so much and has taken me to so many amazing places. I am humbled and excited to remain in Dallas as part of the Mavericks,” Doncic said.
Recently, Doncic led Slovenia to an Olympic bronze medal game averaging a near triple-double while in Tokyo. His team lost to Australia in that game, but his skill was on a dazzling display. And before that, in the NBA Playoffs, Doncic averaged 35 points, 10.3 assists and 7.9 rebounds through seven games.
In 13 total playoff games, Doncic is averaging 33.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game. Though Doncic’s playoff play was miraculous, the Mavericks haven’t advanced to the second round of the NBA Playoffs during his era, losing to the Clippers twice.
With Doncic under contract through at least the 2025-26 season, the Mavericks have time to build a true contender around his generational talents. Still, the hope is that they win sooner rather than later.
Doncic is expected to speak to the media Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. central time. The press conference can be streamed at Mavs.com.
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