Report: Jamal Murray’s contract extension with Nuggets has super-max possibility
The Nuggets signed Jamal Murray to a max contract extension.
How much will it be worth?
The exact amount won’t be determined until next summer, when the five-year extension kicks in. The current projection: $170 million.
The value could rise if Murray triggers the super-max by making an All-NBA team next season.
Bobby Marks of ESPN:
As part of the $169.7M rookie extension, Denver and Jamal Murray added 5th year 30% language: All-NBA First-Team or MVP (30%), All-NBA Second-Team (27.5%) and All-NBA Third-Team (26%). The All-NBA honors would need to be met in 2019-20 for year one (2020-21) to receive a bump.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 25, 2019
This is a one-time opportunity for Murray. Once his extension value is determined, it’s set for the next five years. Next season is his only chance to earn the super-max.
The projected values, by honor:
- All-NBA first team: $204 million
- All-NBA second team: $187 million
- All NBA third team: $176 million
Murray is a good young player and only 22. He could very well be worth the max or even super-max over the following five seasons.
But it seems unlikely he’ll make an All-NBA team next year. There’s so much competition at guard – including Stephen Curry, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal, Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday, Kyle Lowry and De’Aaron Fox. Will Murray really land among the NBA’s top six guards? An All-NBA second team, let alone first team, is far more daunting.
Still, Murray has this high-stakes opportunity in front of him next season.