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The Denver Nuggets and NBA Player of the Year Nikola Jokic have reportedly agreed to a five-year, $264 million Super Max contract extension, the richest deal in NBA history. Shams Al-Sharaniyah Athletics and stadium.
Charania indicated that Djokic will have a player option for the 2027-28 season worth $60 million.
Jokic has averaged 26.7 points from 57.5 percent of shooting, 12.3 rebounds, and 8.1 assists over the past two seasons. He has led the NBA in the players’ efficiency rating those Yearsin the basketball reference.
The 27-year-old has also led Denver to the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, including the Western Conference Finals in 2019-20.
Jokic’s best act may have come in 2021-22, however, as he led Denver to a record 48-34 and seeded No. 6 Western playoffs despite the team’s absences Jamal Murray (a ruptured ACL) all season and Michael Porter Jr. . . (lumbar spine surgery) for all but nine games.
Naturally, Nuggets should want the Jokic around for as long as possible. The feeling is mutual, according to Jokic’s comments to reporters after the season about the possibility of signing a Super Max extension.
“I would, of course,” said Jokic, “but it’s not something I decide.” Sam Amic from the athlete. “I’m thinking of course if it was offered – if it was on the table – of course I would take it because I really like the organization and I really like the people who work here.”
Amic reported that Denver was expected to offer Jokic a five-year extension worth $254 million making him the highest-paid player in the game.
Expectations will be high in Denver next year with the supposed and hoped-for health returns for Murray and Porter along with the cornerstones of the Jokic franchise.
But the mega man may be up to the task after two great seasons explaining why he’s the best basketball player right now.