Dallas Mavericks: Maxi Kleber has 3 contract incentives riding on his play
Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber has 3 contract incentives to play for
Dallas Mavericks supporters are getting amped about the prospect of basketball returning this summer. The NBA suspended games on March 11 because of the novel coronavirus. They are still trying to formulate the best plan of action to resume play. The final decision is expected to come this week.
Everyone is rallying behind commissioner Adam Silver. That means basketball will be played and a champion crowned in 2020. Stay tuned for details as they become available.
It appears things will start with regular season games before jumping into the playoffs. That is a positive for the Mavs as a whole. Maxi Kleber has a lot riding on those games, though. He has three contract incentives to play for this regular season according to ESPN (subscription required). Let us take a look at his chances of earning each.
Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber’s chances of earning contract incentives
The three bonuses have varying dollar amounts. Let us start with where he stands to make the most money.
Incentive: Shoot over 40 percent from 3-point range: $150,000
Kleber is shooting a career-high 37.4 percent over 286 attempts this season. With potentially eight regular season games to be played in Orlando, that is only 35 3-point attempts for Kleber at his current pace. He would have to nail 21 of those tries to push him over 40 percent on the season.
Odds of earning incentive: 0.1 percent
Incentive: Minutes played divided by rebounds must be greater than 4.0: $100,000
Kleber has played 1,695 minutes this season and grabbed 355 rebounds. That puts the number at 4.77 right now. It seems unlikely that will change significantly. The 28-year-old has this incentive virtually locked up.
Odds of earning incentive: 99.9 percent
Incentive: Shoot at least 80 percent on his free throws: $75,000
Kleber has hit 86.3 percent of his 80 free throw attempts so far this season. The fact that he took only 80 in 66 games means this one is nearly locked up too. There is a slim chance that Kleber misses his free throws in Orlando, though.
Odds of earning incentive: 95 percent
Maxi Kleber looks set to capitalize on a couple of incentives in his contract this season. It was undoubtedly his best NBA campaign. Check out the grades for his performance so far here. Expect Kleber to continue improving over the length of the four-year contract he signed last offseason.
He will be an important piece for the Mavericks on both ends of the floor in the postseason. Stay tuned to see how he performs in his first taste of the NBA playoffs this summer.