Nuggets reportedly expected to offer Nikola Jokic super-max contract extension, he says he’d sign
Nikola Jokic’s agent said the superstar center expects to sign a super-max contract extension with the Nuggets this offseason.
But that was while Jokic was fortifying his case to repeat as MVP during the regular season.
Now that Denver has gotten eliminated in the first round, how does everyone feel about each other?
Jokic’s five-year extension projects to be worth between $255 million and $273 million.* The exact amount would be determined in the 2023 offseason, when the extension would kick in. Regardless of the precise value, it’d be the largest deal in NBA history.
Mostly because of Jokic.
He’s the best passing center of all-time, a highly skilled scorer and improved – though sometimes still exploitable – defender. Though many super-max extensions have soured, Jokic is just 27 and has a strong track record of growth.
Now, the latest – and largest – bill comes due for making Jokic their franchise player.
For a seemingly rare superstar happy with his team, Denver will gladly pay up and be thrilled he’ll accept.
*The projected range is based on the salary cap increasing to $122 million next season, as the NBA projects. By rule, the salary cap will increase 3%-10% from 2022-23 to 2023-24.