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Sport Report: Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets agree to 5-year maximum extension

02:00  28 september  2021
02:00  28 september  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Third- year forward made a significant leap in his second season on the court, and the Nuggets lock in another core piece. After scooping up — and developing — a potential star due to injury concerns during the 2018 NBA Draft, the Nuggets are betting that this has only been the beginning for forward Michael Porter Jr ., whose agency announced Monday that he had re-signed on a rookie maximum extension .

Michael Porter Jr . is headed for restricted free agency after the 2021-22 season. However, it appears he's close to finalizing an extension with the Denver Nuggets . "Everything is sounding great, in the direction that I'd like to be headed," Porter said, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post. His 19 points per game ranked third on the team behind only Jokic and Murray. It's unclear what kind of deal Porter is seeking. However, he should see a hefty raise from his four- year , million rookie contract. The max Porter could receive is 8 million on a rookie contract extension .

Michael Porter Jr. and the Denver Nuggets reached an agreement on a five-year maximum rookie contract extension worth up to $207 million, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Without incentives, Porter Jr.'s contract is worth $172 million.

Porter, 23, was among the most improved players in the NBA last season, fulfilling his considerable promise to average 19 points (on 54/45/79 shooting splits) and 7.3 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game for the third-seeded Nuggets. A 6-foot-10 scoring threat from anywhere, Porter helped elevate Denver to championship contention, alongside reigning MVP Nikola Jokic, before Jamal Murray suffered a season-ending ACL injury.

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The Denver Nuggets and Kenneth Faried have reportedly agreed to a five - year , million contract extension . UPDATE: The contract could be dropped down to four years, as a five - year , non- maximum deal might not be allowable in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement: CBA verbiage on 5 years for rookie ext. less than max is ambiguous, at best.

Jamal Murray has agreed to a five - year , 0 million maximum contract extension , The Athletic's Shams Charania reported on Sunday night. Murray, 22, has one year left on his rookie deal, which runs through the 2019-20 season. Murray's extension will begin afterward and run through 2024-25. Murray was drafted by the Nuggets with the seventh pick of the 2016 NBA draft and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. The guard averaged 16.7 points per game during his sophomore campaign. He finished the 2018-19 season with an average of 18.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Health remains Porter's biggest obstacle. The MVP of the 2017 McDonald's All-American Game, he was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. Back surgery cost him much of his freshman season at Missouri, dropping his draft stock significantly. The Nuggets drafted him with the 14th overall pick, and he underwent a second back surgery two weeks after signing his rookie contract, costing him the entire 2018-19 season.

Porter made his debut five games into the 2019-20 campaign. His defensive shortcomings led to sparing minutes in Denver coach Michael Malone's system, but his scoring prowess became undeniable. Porter's 25 points on 11-of-12 shooting against the Indiana Pacers midway through the season led to calls for more minutes until Malone ultimately relented. Back-to-back 30-point outings in the waning weeks of his rookie season cemented Porter's spot in the rotation, and he has been gaining confidence in his ability ever since.

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The Denver Nuggets agreed to a five - year , 0 million max -contract extension with Jamal Murray , Murray's agent, Mike George, confirmed to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium on Sunday Denver didn't get any financial concessions by taking a proactive approach and getting this deal ironed out so early. The best-case scenario is Murray plays well and proves to be well worth a max extension . The worst-case scenario is somewhat similar to what the Minnesota Timberwolves are dealing with after signing Andrew Wiggins to the max .

Gordon and the Nuggets have agreed on a four- year , million contract extension . His agent, Calvin Andrews, confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sept. Gordon was acquired by the Nuggets in a trade deadline deal last March with Orlando to bolster a lineup that included league MVP Nikola Jokic, point guard Jamal Murray and sharpshooter Michael Porter Jr . Gordon was counted on even more when Murray suffered a torn ACL on April 12 at Golden State.

Following recent news of Aaron Gordon's four-year, $92 million extension, the Nuggets now have three of their four core members signed through at least 2025. Jokic can be a free agent in 2023, but he is due for a supermax extension next summer. Luxury tax bills will come due for Denver ownership, but if Porter stays healthy and Murray returns to restore the Nuggets to title contention, they will be well worth the investment.

Michael Porter Jr. helped lift the injury-ravaged Nuggets out of the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Michael Porter Jr. helped lift the injury-ravaged Nuggets out of the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Report: Suns also still in talks with Mikal Bridges on contract extension .
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