Dwight Powell will be a Dallas Maverick for another few years, it seems.
Per the New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Mavericks and Powell agreed to a 3 year, $33 million contract extension that will take Powell’s tenure in Dallas through the 2022-23 season. Powell opted in to the final year of his current deal, which is worth about $10 million.
Free agency can tend to get a bit wild with overpays for solid if unspectacular players, but the Mavericks and Powell have agreed to a pretty fair deal for both sides.
27 year old Powell has had a solid several seasons with the Mavericks, developing into a great rim-running big, which fits perfectly with what the Mavericks do on offense. He’s not afraid to shoot and can put the ball on the floor. He can also guard the perimeter better than Kristaps Porzingis, which will allow Porzingis to stay near the rim and block shots. His per-36 numbers last year were an eye-popping 17.7 points, 1 steal, 2.4 assists, 1.1 blocks and 8.9 rebounds.
The other nice thing about the contract is that it’s a very tradeable deal, should the Mavericks be in position in future years to acquire a bigger name to put next to Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.
For now, it’s safe to say that the Rondo trade doesn’t look like a total disaster anymore. I’m excited to have Dwight Powell locked up with the Mavericks for the coming years.