Luka agrees to landmark $207M take care of Mavs


Dallas Mavericks famous person Luka Doncic has agreed to signal a landmark five-year, $207 million supermax rookie extension, his agent Invoice Duffy of BDA Sports activities advised ESPN on Monday.

Doncic, one of the crucial completed gamers in NBA historical past at 22 years outdated and quickly evolving into the long run face of the league, turns into the primary participant eligible for the designated rookie max extension upon signing as a result of he is already twice been voted first-team All-NBA.

A contingent of the franchise’s leaders landed in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Monday to formally current Doncic and Duffy with the contract, together with Mavericks proprietor Mark Cuban, normal supervisor Nico Harrison, coach Jason Kidd, assistant normal supervisor Michael Finley, particular advisor Dirk Nowitzki and director of participant well being and efficiency Casey Smith.

Doncic will signal the contract on Tuesday in Slovenia and maintain a information convention there, Duffy advised ESPN.

“As we speak is a dream come true,” Doncic advised ESPN in an announcement. “The sport of basketball has given me a lot and has taken me to so many wonderful locations. I’m humbled and excited to stay in Dallas as a part of the Mavericks and admire the assist of my followers.

“Together with this new contract, I’m additionally blissful to announce that I’m growing my efforts and specializing in increasing The Luka Dončić Basis. My basis is a global non-profit that may give again to locations that imply a lot to me like my residence nation of Slovenia, in addition to the communities in North Texas.

I’ve blissful to share in partnership with 2K Foundations we’re unveiling two basketball courts right here in Slovenia quickly. We’re refurbishing my childhood courts the place I realized and practiced the sport. The chance for teenagers to play on the identical courts and pursue the identical goals I had is one thing I am enthusiastic about.”

Doncic turned the youngest MVP in EuroLeague historical past in 2017-18, when he led Actual Madrid to a title earlier than being chosen with the third general choose within the NBA draft, instantly getting traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Mavericks for Trae Young and a future first-round choose.

Doncic gained Rookie of the 12 months in 2018-19 and has been a first-team All-NBA choice the final two seasons. Solely 4 gamers in NBA historical past have made All-NBA first workforce a number of instances earlier than their twenty third birthday, in response to the Elias Sports activities Bureau. Doncic and Kevin Durant are the one gamers to perform the feat for the reason that ABA-NBA merger.

Doncic, who led the Slovenian nationwide workforce to its first Olympic berth and a fourth-place end in Tokyo, has NBA profession averages of 25.7 factors, 8.4 rebounds and seven.7 assists per recreation. His playoff manufacturing has been much more spectacular, as he is averaged 33.5 factors, 8.8 rebounds and 9.5 assists in 13 postseason video games.

Regardless of Doncic’s particular person brilliance, the Mavericks are nonetheless making an attempt to advance previous the first-round of the Western Convention playoffs. Though Dallas has misplaced to the LA Clippers in every of the final two playoffs, Doncic dominated with 5 40-point playoff performances, highlighted by a 43-point, 17-rebound, 13-assist outing that ended with the successful buzzer-beater within the Mavs’ Recreation 4 win in 2020 and a 46-point, 14-assist effort in final season’s Recreation 7 loss.

ESPN NBA reporter Tim MacMahon contributed to this story.

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