Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic still intends to sign a supermax contract extension with the Mavericks after the team parted ways with longtime general manager Donnie Nelson, according to Sam Amick and Tim Cato of The Athletic.
Doncic has consistently expressed gratitude to Nelson for trading for him in the 2018 NBA Draft. Doncic, 22, was initially drafted third overall by the Hawks, but immediately sent to the Mavs for No. 5 overall pick Trae Young.
Doncic is currently practicing with the Slovenian national team ahead of the Olympic qualifying tournament at the end of the month in Lithuania. He told reporters from practice that it was tough to hear about the news of Nelson’s departure.
“But I’m not the one making decisions,” he said.
Either way, Doncic first indicated his plans to sign the extension following the Mavs’ playoff loss to the Clippers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, and apparently, that stance hasn’t changed.
“I think you know the answer,” Doncic said, smiling, when asked about the contract extension, via Marc Stein of the New York Times.
Doncic, 22, averaged 27.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.7 assists during the regular season and his contract extension is expected to be worth 30 percent of the cap.
Per ESPN’s Bobby Marks, based on a $115 million cap in 2022-23, Doncic’s contract extension will break down like this:
- 2022-23: $34.7M
- 2023-24: $37.5M
- 2024-25: $40.3M
- 2025-26: $43.1M
- 2026-27: $45.9M
“Early estimates have the rookie extension this offseason for Luka Doncic crossing the $200 million threshold over five years and the Mavericks, league sources say, naturally intend to offer it Doncic once free agency begins in August,” Stein reported.
Despite this news, things are said to be less-than-perfect between Doncic and the Mavs, per Cato and Amick.
“Sources say they were also surprised Mark Cuban immediately backed Rick Carlisle when the season ended with some believing Doncic had tuned him out,” they wrote.
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