The Dallas Mavericks and Luka Doncic have agreed on a five-year, $207 million extension, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. There were reports of Doncic being unhappy about the franchise’s direction ahead of the Mavericks hiring a new general manager and head coach in the offseason. Those changes appear to have eased Doncic’s concerns about the team’s long-term outlook.
Doncic was amazing last season, averaging 27.7 points, 8.6 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game while leading the Mavericks back to the postseason. Dallas took a 2-0 lead in a rematch with the Los Angeles Clippers but failed to close out the series, losing Game 7.
The Mavericks hired Jason Kidd as head coach and Nico Harrison as general manager to take the franchise to the next level with Doncic. The organization brought back Tim Hardaway Jr. after a strong season and will likely retain Kristaps Porzingis, hoping he can improve. As long as Doncic continues to be a force offensively, the Mavericks will be in contention. If Dallas can add the right surrounding pieces, the team will be among the best in the NBA.
The Mavericks are currently +2800 to win the 2021-22 NBA title, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. Doncic is the favorite to win league MVP at +400.