Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks lost to the Los Angeles Clippers for the second consecutive year in the first round of the playoffs. Just like in the 2020 postseason, Doncic didn’t have enough help on offense to get past Kawhi Leonard and Co. in this year’s playoffs.
The Mavericks took the Clippers to seven games by winning three straight games on the road at Staples Center. However, they lost three games at home and couldn’t win the fourth game on the road. Doncic once again put up incredible numbers and showed he has a chance to be the face of the NBA in a couple of years, but the point-forward will certainly have nightmares about losing Games 3, 4, and 6 on his home floor.
This is a big offseason for the Mavericks. Not only will they offer Doncic a rookie scale max extension at 30% of the cap, but they also have to figure out how to get him more help on offense and address their $101 million problem on the roster.
Luka Doncic is about to get paid by the Mavericks
Doncic is eligible for a rookie scale max extension this offseason. Early estimates have the extension crossing the $200 million threshold over five years since the All-Star is supermax eligible.
According to Bobby Marks of ESPN, an extension based on a $115 million cap for 2022-23 would have Doncic earn $34.7 million in 2022-23, $37.5 million in 2023-24, $40.3 million 2024-25, $43.1 million in 2025-26 and $45.9 million in 2026-27.
Doncic averaged 27.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 8.6 assists during the 2020-21 regular season. He shot 47.9% from the field, $35.0% from beyond the arc, and 73.0% from the free-throw line. The Mavericks star also recorded 26 double-doubles and 11 triple-doubles.
In the seven-game series versus the Clippers, Doncic put up 35.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per game. He’s earned every single penny he’s about to get from the Mavericks, who are fortunate to have a franchise player in the post-Dirk Nowitzki era.
Unfortunately for Doncic and the Mavericks, they have a glaring $101 million issue that they must move on from this summer.
Kristaps Porzingis is frustrated with his role on the Mavericks
According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Kristaps Porzingis is frustrated with his role on the Mavericks. The seven-footer feels more like an afterthought than a co-star since Doncic dominates the ball and is the best player on the team.
Porzingis’ numbers dropped in the playoffs against the Clippers. His scoring average dipped by seven points from the regular season, and his shots per game went down. Following the Mavericks’ Game 7 loss to the Clippers, the big man was asked how he fits into the picture moving forward.
“Good question,” Porzingis said. “How do I feel? I mean, I’m good. I tried to put in the work, tried to work hard. I do my part, listen to the coaches, what I’m asked to do, and that’s it. I try to keep it simple for myself, so I’m not overthinking, and I try to focus on what I can control. That’s being a better basketball player, going into the offseason hungry. I want to get better physically [and] on the basketball court. I’m going to put that work in to get better, and then the rest of the stuff will resolve itself.”
Porzingis is owed $101.5 million over the next three seasons. He and Doncic admittedly aren’t friends, a dynamic owner Mark Cuban has talked about. With that said, it makes sense for the Mavericks to try and trade the former New York Knicks forward this offseason and get Doncic a real partner in crime.
Luka Doncic won’t be resting this summer
Most superstars rest during the summer after a long NBA season. However, Doncic will join the Slovenian national team and try and lead them to the Tokyo Olympics via the qualifying tournament.
Basketball fans will love this news since Doncic is one of the most exciting players in the world. It should be fun to watch the 2018-19 Rookie of the Year play with guys he’s friends with, unlike Porzingis.
Since entering the NBA in 2018, Doncic is averaging 25.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 7.7 assists. The one area he really has to improve in is his free-throw shooting, as he shot just 52.9% from the charity stripe against the Clippers.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.