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Dallas Mavericks: Why Luka Doncic is underpaid in $207 million extension

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks and Luka Doncic quickly agreed on a historic contract extension. Luka led Slovenia to a top-four finish in the Olympic Games before returning to Ljubljana where he was met by the Mavs top decision-makers. They put pen to paper on a five-year $207 supermax extension on Aug. 10.

The deal is groundbreaking. Doncic is the first player to qualify for the Rose Rule extension before signing. Players must make an All-NBA team in two of the three seasons before the deal kicks in. Luka was on the first team two straight years making him eligible for the 30 percent of the salary cap max deal.

Doncic is set to receive an unbelievable amount of money. He makes more than $35 million in the 2022-2023 season and has a projected $47.1 million player option to decide on in the summer of 2026, according to Bobby Marks. The numbers are massive, but Luka is still underpaid at those sums. Here is an in-depth look at why.

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Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is underpaid in historic extension

Doncic did not give the Mavs a discount. He received the max allowed by the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, but he is still underpaid. If the league had no salary cap, Luka would have earned more money. The 22-year-old superstar is the present and future of the NBA. He was named as a top-five player for two straight seasons and continues to improve.

Here are five reasons why Luka Doncic will be underpaid by the Dallas Mavericks during his historic supermax extension.

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