Nuggets center and reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic said he will take a supermax offer to stay with the Nuggets and avoid free agency, assuming one is offered.
“I would like it, of course,” Jokic old reporters. “… I think if (the) offer is on the table, of course I’m going to accept it because I really like the organization, I really like the people who work here. I’m in (a) really good relationship with everybody from (the) owner to equipment manager.”
Jokic and the Nuggets were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs by the Warriors in five games. But like Giannis Antetokounmpo did with the Bucks, Jokic clearly has plans to remain with the franchise for the long-term by signing the supermax.
Given that Jokic is on board with such a move, you’d have to believe the Nuggets are as well. Jokic remains their best chance to win a championship, after all.
“By winning last year’s MVP award, he made himself eligible for a maximum salary starting at 35% of the cap, though he wasn’t able to officially sign an extension last offseason when he still had just six years of NBA service,” wrote Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors.
A supermax contract would add five more years to Jokic’s current deal and lock him up through the 2027-28 season.
Jokic, 27, was originally selected by the Nuggets in the second round (No. 41 overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft. He averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists in 74 games this past regular season.