The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Maxi Kleber to a contract extension.
Per the Dallas Morning News, “Kleber’s deal is worth $33 million over three years, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. Kleber was entering the final season of the four-year, $35 million deal he signed in 2019.”
Kleber (6-11, 220) originally signed with Dallas on July 13, 2017, and then re-signed as a free agent on July 10, 2019. In five seasons as a Maverick, he has averaged 7.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 blocks and 22.7 minutes in 326 games (136 starts).
The Wurzburg, Germany native most recently helped lead the Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals, playing in all 18 games and averaging 8.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 25.4 minutes per contest. His eight 3-pointers in Game 2 vs. Utah are tied for the second-most by a Maverick in a postseason game (Jason Terry, 9 3FGs, 5/8/11).
More from the Dallas Morning News: “The 30-year-old battled nagging injuries and a months-long shooting slump after the All-Star break, but he also played significant minutes as a smallball center after the mid-February trade of Kristaps Porzingis.”
Prior to the NBA, Kleber spent eight seasons playing professionally in Germany and Spain. In 2016-17, he played in 37 Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) games for Bayern Munich and averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks enroute to being named a BBL All-Star, All-BBL Second Team and BBL Most Effective Player.