Early Tuesday morning, members of the Dallas Mavericks met with star guard Luka Doncic in a Slovenian hotel to officially put pen to paper on a five-year, $207 million contract extension. And hours later they were on a stage to announce it, with Doncic saying he “never had a doubt” about signing it.

“It’s a really special moment here. Thank you to Dallas for offering me this,” he said. “I still kind of don’t know what to say because I never imagined this happening. I was only dreaming to only play in the NBA, but now I can sign an extension with the Dallas Mavericks for five more years, which I never had a doubt about. I always wanted to sign this.”

Alongside Doncic were his agents, Bill Duffy and Quique Villalobos, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, general manager Nico Harrison and coach Jason Kidd. Cuban opened his remarks with a statement in the Slovenian language as Doncic smiled.

“This is a big day,” Cuban said. “When we drafted Luka in 2018, we had an inkling he was good. But we never imagined he was this good. That’s the culmination of a lot of hard work on his part. He didn’t just show up, he put in the time his entire life.

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