LukaDoncic never had a doubt that he would sign an extension with the Dallas Mavericks. On Tuesday, the Mavericks and Doncic met to officially sign a five-year, $207 million extension. "It's a really special moment here.
Thank you to Dallas for offering me this," Doncic said, per ESPN. "I still kind of don't know what to say because I never imagined this happening. I was only dreaming to only play in the NBA, but now I can sign an extension with the Dallas Mavericks for five more years, which I never had a doubt about.
I always wanted to sign this." Mavericks owner Mark Cuban called it a "big day" for the team from Texas. "This is a big day," Cuban said. "When we drafted Luka in 2018, we had an inkling he was good.
But we never imagined he was this good. That's the culmination of a lot of hard work on his part. He didn't just show up, he put in the time his entire life. "To be able to announce he signed an extension with the Dallas Mavericks and we want to have him copy -- not copy, but have the same type of Hall of Fame career if not more than Dirk [Nowitzki], who's sitting here in the front row."
Doncic to take time before deciding on what to spend money
"Yeah, it's a great sum, but I'm not still not thinking about this," Doncic said, via the interpreter. "I haven't bought myself anything worthwhile yet from this.
But I need to process it more before I start spending." Cuban acknowledged that this five-year extension is just the beginning. "Just to confirm to Luka how important he is to us and how this is just the beginning," Cuban said of the Mavs presenting the contract in person.
"We want him to know we're there for him, whether that's here in Slovenia, in Dallas, or anywhere in the world. Part of this process is not only getting to know him but getting to know what's important to him.
How he looks at things. Coming here, walking around the city and spending time with him and meeting the people of Ljubljana, that's enabled us to take that first step." Doncic represented Slovenia at the Tokyo Olympics and the Mavs representatives came to Ljubljana.
"It means a lot. It's incredible," Doncic said via interpreter about the Mavs coming to his hometown. "It says a lot about you guys coming here to Ljubljana. You're great people, and I'm very thankful this is happening."