Maxi Kleber has been rewarded for his contributions to the Dallas Mavericks‘ journey to the Western Conference Finals with a new contract extension for the upcoming 2021-22 season. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the two parties are negotiating the final terms of a three-year, $33 million deal extension.
He adds that the contract will be completely guaranteed and keep the forward in the NBA through the conclusion of the 2025-26 season. Kleber will ink a four-year, $34 million agreement with Dallas in the 2019 free agency period, the last year of which will pay him $9 million.
His new deal with the club extends his stay in Los Angeles through the 2025/26 season and raises his average yearly compensation to $11 million. The 30-year-old has been with the Mavericks for five years and is now a crucial component of the team’s rotation.
Maxi Kleber to stay in Dallas until 2026
After trading Kristaps Porzingis, they wanted him to cover Kawhi Leonard in the Playoffs, and he obliged by letting them run a 5-out offense. There aren’t many credible centers who earn $11 million per season, but every team needs versatile defenders who can stretch the floor.
Kleber is the kind of bench player who can change the course of a playoff series; in April, he exploded for 30 points and helped the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Utah Jazz in Game 2 of the first round.