Nuggets, Michael Porter Jr. Agree To 5-Year Max Extension

The Denver Nuggets are signing a five-year, $207 million max extension with forward Michael Porter, Jr., per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Porter, Jr. will receive the full amount of his extension if he nabs All-NBA honors during one of his seasons; otherwise, the deal will be worth $172 million.

Selected with the No. 14 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Porter, Jr. has been lauded since his days at Missouri as an agile small forward capable of stretching the floor with apt three-point shooting off the wing, and with the length to also fight in the paint. Porter, Jr.’s stock took a slight hit heading into the draft after reportedly dealing with some lower back issues that required surgery — an issue that has slightly extended into his career in Denver. Porter has missed 48 games in the past two seasons, albeit displaying improved availability in 2020 by playing 61 games and averaging 31.3 minutes a night.

In his elevated role last season, Porter, Jr. averaged 19 points, 7.3 rebounds and shot 44.5 percent from beyond the arc. Porter’s role as a scorer adds to the arsenal of shooting in Denver; including centerpiece and MVP Nikola Jokic, alongside 24-year-old guard Jamal Murray.

Michael Malone’s Nuggets recently signed forward Aaron Gordon to a four-year, $92 million extension — a player whose value also relies on possessing well-rounded athleticism and size that create dependability on both sides of the ball. Where Gordon’s size slightly favors his defensive prowess, Porter’s versatile 6’10” build shows up on offense.  

With a core group of players including Jokic, Murray, Gordon and contributors like guard Monte Morris, Denver hopes to improve upon its third-place regular season finish in the Western Conference (47-25) and avoid another four-game sweep in the playoffs after losing to the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Semifinals (4-0).

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