Nikola Jokic has renewed with the Denver Nuggets for an amazing figure, demonstrating his place as the emblem player of the Colorado and reaffirming that he is the NBA MVP for the second year in a row. His union with the team that drafted him in 2014 will now span five seasons with a total value of $270 million. A figure that no other player has reached.
It is without a doubt the movement that marks the first day of free agency in the most important basketball league on the planet. And it is that the Serbian in the 27/28 season he will earn 61.5 million US dollars. Figures that were justified if one analyzes the importance of the pivot in the Nuggets game. Last year he averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game.
But that of the European has not been the only millionaire renewal that has been announced in recent hours, since several franchise players have extended their contracts for a new season.
Ja Morant for example signed an extension for the next five years with the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for 193 millionwhich could even become 231. Devin Booker was also one of those renewed, increasing his contract from four to six seasons with the Phoenix Suns for 224 million.
Another similar case is that of Bradley Beal, who had turned down his player option to enter free agency and sign a new contract with the Washington Wizard. The escort reached an agreement of 251 million for five years with the squad with which he has played his entire career.
Beyond the renewals, the team changes have also been present in these first hours of free agency, the most striking being Gary Payton II’s departure from the Golden State Warriors. The delicate situation with the luxury taxes of the champion team made it impossible for them to match the offer that the son of the former Sonics star received from the Portalnd Trail Blazers: 28 million for three seasons.
A much less mediatic change than that of Jalen Brunson. The now-former Dallas Maverics was the talk of the week as the Knicks were doing their best to open up cap space so they could bring him into their ranks, which they finally did by offering him 104 million for four years.
finally the spanish Ricky Rubio signed his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for 18 million spread over three years. The base had already been in Ohio last season, but after suffering a serious injury he was transferred to Indiana.