NBA Free Agency is the hottest news at the moment but beyond the frenzy of signings, contracts, trades and whatnot, two European players in particular have made history by inking crazy-huge deals. Dallas Mavericks restricted free agent Kristaps Porzingis signed a contract extension worth a staggering $158 million over five years. That’s the largest deal any European basketball player has ever signed in the NBA.
In other news, Milwaukee Bucks unrestricted free agent Nikola Mirotic, who was getting a lot of buzz from various NBA teams heading into free agency, reportedly turned down an offer from the Utah Jazz worth roughly $45-50 million. Instead, the Spanish forward opted to return to Spain and sign with FC Barcelona, inking a deal worth 70 million Euros over six years. This is the largest contract of a basketball player in Europe right now. Before joining the NBA, Mirotic had played for Spanish club Real Madrid. In his seven seasons in the NBA Mirotic posted averages of 12.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 1.9 3-pointers per game.