Nuggets center and back-to-back NBA MVP Nikola Jokic intends to sign a supermax contract with the team this offseason, presumably keeping him in Denver for the prime of his career, per Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic.
Jokic, 27, recently met with Nuggets management following the departure of ex-president of basketball operations Tim Connelly, who left to take the same role with the Timberwolves. Jokic reportedly reiterated his desire to stay with the Nuggets during those conversations.
“After Jokic publicly stated his desire to sign the extension late last month, sources say the 27-year-old has reiterated his long-term commitment to the franchise this week and made clear his belief in the organization’s future in the wake of Connelly’s exit,” Charania and Amick wrote. “Multiple sources tell The Athletic that when the Nuggets offer Jokic the five-year, $260 million supermax deal in July, the All-NBA center plans to sign the contract.”
Current GM Calvin Booth is expected to be promoted into Connelly’s old role, as we relayed previously, and the Nuggets intend to be aggressive in continuing to build the roster around Jokic, Charania and Amick reported.
Jokic would join former back-to-back NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo in signing the supermax deal with the team that drafted him. Mavs star Luka Doncic also did the same last summer.
Jokic averaged career-highs of 27.1 points and 13.8 rebounds, along with 7.9 assists, in 72 games this past season.
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