Mavs Rumors: Luka Doncic to Wait Until After Olympics to Talk 5-Year, $202M Contract

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVAugust 2, 2021

Slovenia's Luka Doncic drives up court during a men's basketball preliminary round game against Spain at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

The Dallas Mavericks will have to wait to sign Luka Doncic to a contract extension.

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, contract discussions between the two sides will take place after the Tokyo Olympics, in which Doncic is competing for Slovenia.

Doncic will reportedly receive a five-year, $202 million max deal this offseason before entering the final year of his rookie contract. In the meantime, he led his national team to a 3-0 group-stage record in Japan to set up a quarterfinal showdown with Germany.

The Olympic tournament could last until Saturday, and the Games' closing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday.

The longer wait could make some fans nervous, but Doncic has hinted he intends to sign an extension when eligible.

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Luka Doncic smiles widely when asked if he plans to sign a supermax extension this summer: “I think you know the answer.”

Tim Cato and Sam Amick of The Athletic reported in June that Doncic plans to sign his new deal despite the overhauls among the Mavericks front office and coaching staff.

The guard has already proved to be one of the top players in the NBA just three years into his career in North America. The 22-year-old has a Rookie of the Year award, two All-Star selections and two first-team All-NBA selections on his resume.

Doncic averaged 27.7 points, 8.6 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game last season and will be a perennial MVP candidate if he can keep up that level of production.

The challenge for Dallas is to build around him after back-to-back first-round playoff exits. Kristaps Porzingis has been up and down since signing his five-year, $158 million extension in 2019, and few others have stepped into more prominent roles.

The Mavericks will look to add more talent around Doncic and Porzingis with their Spotrac-projected $33.5 million in cap space this offseason.


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