Mavericks’ Luka Doncic makes history with supermax rookie extension

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Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic heavily hinted in June that he would be signing his supermax rookie extension worth more than $200 million this summer. 

There’s no longer any question about it. 

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Doncic has agreed to a five-year, $207 million supermax rookie extension that includes a player option in the final year. The 22-year-old is the first player eligible for the designated rookie max extension because he has already been voted First-Team All-NBA twice (2020, 2021). 

“Today is a dream come true,” Doncic told ESPN via 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 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 Doncic 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.” 

Doncic earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2019 and is a two-time All-Star who, per ESPN stats, averaged 35.7 points in seven playoff games this spring. It seems like it’s a matter of when, not if, he wins his first of multiple Most Valuable Player awards. 

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