RUMOR: The reason Mavs’ Luka Doncic isn’t signing $202 million extension right away
Mavs superstar Luka Doncic is in for a massive payday this offseason, with the team expected to offer him a five-year, $202 million extension. However, he won’t be signing it until the Tokyo Olympics end where he’s currently medal-chasing with Slovenia, per Marc Stein.
Luka Doncic will soon formally land a five-year, $202 million contract extension with Dallas, but league sources say those discussions will take place post-Olympics, with Doncic intent on keeping his focus on Slovenia's MEDAL chase.
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— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 2, 2021
This totally makes sense. It’s not like Luka is going to be leaving the Mavs, anyway. Right now, he has Slovenia in their first Olympics ever for Men’s Basketball and by no surprise, Doncic has dominated. He’s led his country to the quarterfinals, where they face Germany on Monday night at 6 PM PST.
Slovenia went a perfect 3-0 in the preliminary rounds thanks to the Mavs star. They blew out Argentina after Luka dropped a 48-piece, then also beat Japan and FIBA powerhouse Spain. He’s been an absolute beast as per usual, averaging 28.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game while shooting well over 50% from the field. After beating the Spaniards and Argentina, Slovenia is expected to be Germany as well.
When Doncic does get back home to Dallas, the Mavs will have a nice hefty paycheck waiting for him. Hopefully, he has a medal in hand to bring back to the States, too. We’ll also all be watching to see if Doncic and Slovenia come up against Team USA at some point in the knockout stages. Now that would be a sight.