The Dallas Mavericks expect to agree to a three-year, $ 33 million contract extension with center Dwight Powell in the opening stages of free agency Sunday evening, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Powell recently exercised his $ 10.3 million player option for The Mavs consider Powell, 27, a key member of the supporting cast for their pair of young stars, Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis , dated Monday to the five-year, $ 158 million maximum contract that has been planned since Dallas traded for his midseason.
Powell, acquired by the Mavs as a throw-in in the otherwise ill-fated council Rondo trade, fits well with Porzingis because it has the ability to defend power forwards but play the center role on offense. Powell has developed into elite finishes on pick-and-rolls, averaging 1
Powell, who averaged 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 21.6 minutes last season, could become a full-time start for the first time next season, depending on how the Mavs address the center position in free agency.
Dallas, which enters free agency with $ 28.8 million in cap space, is prioritizing perimeter defenders who are good 3-point shooters as well as seeking quality depth at center.
The New York Times first reported the expected terms of Powell's extension.