Grading the Dallas Mavericks 2021 offseason: Extend Luka
It was a summer to remember for Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old did not help the Mavs make a deep playoff run, but he lifted Slovenia to the Olympics and had them just seconds away from winning against France in the semifinals. Doncic failed to bring home a medal, but it was an incredible feat for the Mavericks star.
Just days after the games ended, Dallas flew out a contingent to Slovenia to get a historic contract extension done with Luka. The superstar is the first player to qualify for the Rose Rule extension before the deal is signed, and he will get paid $207 million over the five years of the contract. He is underpaid in the new deal, but both sides were happy to get it done.
Locking up a 22-year-old superstar long-term is always a massive victory. Luka cannot hit free agency until 2026, but the Mavericks need to build a title contender around him. Having him under contract for five years was the first key to making it a reality.
Signing an extension with Luka Doncic was a slam dunk. Dallas Mavericks fans will be treated to plenty of highlights, but all Luka cares about is winning. Can the team make that jump?