The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a contract extension with one of their key players, forward Aaron Gordon.
On Tuesday, Gordon and the Nuggets agreed to a four-year, $92 million extension, with details of the extension reported by The Athletic‘s Sham Charania. The deal also includes a player option in 2025-26.
Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon has agreed to a four-year, $92 million contract extension with the franchise, his agent Calvin Andrews of Klutch Sports told @TheAthletic @Stadium. Deal includes a player option for Gordon on the 2025-26 season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 14, 2021
As fans in Mile High debate the extension’s final figures, the team’s best interest was always to re-sign Gordon — who’s emerged as an integral piece for the Nuggets to round out their core four players: including Jamal Murray, Michael Porter, Jr. and reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokić.
A trade early in the 2021 season sent Aaron Gordon and forward Gary Clark (currently with the 76ers) to Denver as part of a blockbuster package that included guard Gary Harris, R.J. Hampton and a protected 2025 first-round pick on behalf of the Nuggets.
Before leaving the Orlando Magic in March, Gordon averaged 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. His averages took a slight dip from a decreased role in Denver’s high-powered offense, but the small/power forward still found a way to contribute on offense. His role in Denver may not have required him to average 17+ points per game such as his stint in Orlando, but Gordon’s near-40 percent three-point shooting in the 2021 postseason and 10.2 points per game during the regular season proved to be enough contribution in the eyes of the Nuggets coaching staff.
Valued for possessing size (6’8″, 235 lb, 7′ wingspan) and athleticism that allows him to defend any position on the court, Gordon’s best contributions from this past season (and expected going forward) have been easing the defender’s role from Nikola Jokić and a developing Michael Porter, Jr. — who is currently waiting on his own contract extension.
Gordon’s value was on display during the Nuggets’ first-round playoff series against the Portland Trailblazers. Denver head coach Michael Malone made a decision to assign Gordon to Portland’s Damian Lillard after a tandem of the team’s guards, Facundo Campazzo and Austin Rivers, were unable to contain the elite scorer.
“This is something Aaron Gordon has been wanting to do and he just made it hard,” said the coach. “Listen, Dame Lillard is an incredible player, we saw that in that first half. But I think Aaron’s size makes it a little bit tougher to get those shots off.”
Denver is getting long-term dependability on defense with Gordon’s extension, while the ceiling remains high for him to add to Mile High’s scoring barrage. And still at the young age of 25.