Luka Doncic has agreed to a five-year, $207 million supermax rookie extension with the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic, who was taken at No. 3 in the 2018 NBA draft, has been absolutely phenomenal in his first couple of seasons in the league.
Last season, Doncic was an MVP candidate but Giannis Antetokounmpo ended up winning the award. "Today is a dream come true," Doncic told ESPN in a statement. "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. "I am committed to the organization and appreciate the support of my fans. Along with this new contract, I am also happy to announce that I am increasing my efforts and focusing on expanding The Luka Dončić Foundation.
My foundation is an international non-profit that will give back to places that mean so much to me like my home country of Slovenia, as well as the communities in North Texas. "I'm happy to share in partnership with 2K Foundations we are unveiling two basketball courts here in Slovenia soon.
We are refurbishing my childhood courts where I learned and practiced the game. The opportunity for kids to play on the same courts and pursue the same dreams I had is something I'm excited about. "I can't wait for the future both on and off the basketball court."
Doncic praised by fellow NBA players
For the second consecutive year, the Mavericks faced the Los Angeles Clippers in the playoffs. For the second consecutive year the Mavericks ended up losing to the Clippers but Doncic was absolutely outstanding on both occasions.
Clippers star guard Paul George had a high praise for Doncic during their series. "He was the star last matchup, too," George said of Doncic. "He played off the charts last year in a playoff. And to be honest, you knew he could get better, you knew there was room for improvement, of course, but [Doncic's performance this series] was even more awesome.
"He just plays with so much confidence, and his game is just so beyond his age. He pretty much can pick up and read almost any defense. We threw a lot at him, and he was still able to keep his team afloat and just improvise. He's going to be great. He's got a big, huge future ahead of him."