It was an imposed result. On Monday, Luka Doncic agreed to sign an extension contract for the richest rookie in NBA history to stay with the Dallas Mavericks. His unused deal will fetch about $207 million over five years when the extension begins following the final year of his rookie contract, ESPN reports.
Doncic is the first player in league history to qualify for a positive beginner extension in Supermax. His picks competent him for the First Team All-NBA roster in his second and third seasons. Doncic is 22 years old.
The contract contains a player option for the final season. If Doncic chooses to play it, he could become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2026. However, doing so would unkind forfeiting a $47.1 million salary for the 2026-27 season.
In June, shortly following the Mavericks were knocked out by the Los Angeles Clippers for a second season, Doncic essentially signaled his intent to sign an extension with Dallas.
“I think you know the answer,” Doncic said with a smile, when asked about the possibility during exit interviews.
The Mavericks brass did their best to impress in presenting their historic show Doncic. After Doncic’s Olympic run to the bronze medal match in Tokyo, the Dallas fore office traveled to Ljubljana, Slovenia to bid for him.
Attending the event were Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, unused general manager Nico Harrison, newly promoted assistant general manager Michael Finelli, unused head coach Jason Kidd and franchise legend Dirk Nowitzki.
Doncic’s unused extension will earn him more than his unused coach did as a player. During his 19th season in the Hall of Fame, Kidd earned an estimated $187.6 million.
Since the Mavericks traded for Doncic during the 2018 NBA Draft, he has quickly risen through the ranks as one of the top talents in the NBA. Doncic is the youngest Euroleague player in history as well as the best player in the Euroleague Finals, and overwhelmingly won the Rookie of the Year award in 2018-19.
He followed up that season by making it the first All-Star team in the NBA as a rookie as well as receiving a nomination for Most Improved Player. During the 2020-21 season, Doncic made his second appearance as a star player in the NBA. Furthermore, he and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant were only First Team All-NBA picks prior their 23rd birthdays since the NBA and ABA merger in 1976.
In three seasons with the Mavericks, Doncic averaged 25.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game. During the playoffs, in a whole of 13 games, he averaged 33.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 9.5 assists.
The Mavericks and Doncic will grip a press conference Tuesday from Slovenia to officially announce the extension of his contract. This post will be updated accordingly.