Priority file of the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic should unsurprisingly extend his contract in Denver on the long term. The Serb is about to sign a 5-year, $260 million lease in the Rockies, quite simply the biggest contract in NBA history.
The weeks pass and the trend remains: yes, Nikola Jokic will extend to the Nuggets in early July for a record amount. Not huge news for fans or pundits since everyone in Colorado seems to agree on one point and has been for months. In March, the agent of the Joker had already almost recorded the new deal of his foal with the franchise at the pickaxe.
“According to our forecasts, [le contrat, ndlr] should be signed this summer, an extension with the maximum amount, which he obviously deserves. »
Misko Raznatovic, agent of Nikola Jokic
Since then, no shock has come to undermine the relationship of trust that exists between the double MVP and his franchise forever. The departure of General Manager Tim Connelly, the one who drafted the Serb in 2014 and the main architect of the revival of the Nuggets in recent years, could have put a dose of doubts in the negotiations. What the hell, the player quickly let it be known that he was fully focused on his franchise and that his summer plans did not change. Well settled in Denver, in full bromance with his coach Mike Malone and having full confidence in Calvin Booth to continue the good work of his predecessor, the Joker is ready to lock his future in the Rockies. All that’s missing is the autograph on the scrap of paper and the star will be linked to the gold diggers until 2028. Enough to offer a good dose of zen to the local fanbase, which will be able to take advantage of the masterclasses of its giant for a long time. Afterwards, it will be time to think about the rest of the operations.
And what exactly are we talking about? Quite simply the quest for the peaks, no pun intended for the mountains of Colorado. The owner again announced the color recently: the time when Denver was a nice team that made an appearance in the Playoffs is over. Now, the Nuggets have activated the win-now mode and it is a speech that may please Nikola Jokic. Deprived of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. for almost the entire season, the Serb probably knew deep down that the Larry O’Brien was mission impossible in 2022. With the return of the lieutenants, Denver finds ambitions and can clearly fight for the top spots in the West. It will also be interesting to see who comes to strengthen the ranks during the offseason since it is rumored that the Nuggets should not stay with their hands in their pockets. According to Matt Moore of Action NetworkDenver should be active during the summer and several assets are likely to be sent away to offer reinforcements to the Joker. The two picks at the end of the first round in the Draft are concerned but also Monte Morris and Will Barton. To be continued…
Nikola Jokic will extend well in Denver by early July and that’s great news for the Nuggets. It will then be necessary to set up a team to give the Serb a chance to challenge for the title. Calvin Booth has plenty to work on this summer.
Source texte : Matt Moore / Action Network