Nuggets to decline Jokic’s option so they can sign him long-term

The Denver Nuggets will decline their team option with center Nikola Jokic, according to a report.

Gina Mizell of The Denver Post reports the Nuggets are declininf the option with their franchise big man in order to re-sign him to a maximum-salary deal this summer, which is something Jokic’s representatives have been angling for since early May.

Jokic’s agent told the team earlier this year that picking up his option would be a problem if the team had thoughts of signing his client to a long-term deal.

On top of that, if Denver were to pick up the option on Jokic’s deal, it would make him an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Jokic, 23, will be eligible to sign a five-year, $146.45 million deal with the Nuggets if his option is declined and he becomes a free agent.

“Nikola’s going to be here for a long, long time,” president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said after the draft Thursday night. “I think whatever we do, we’re going to ensure he’s here as long as possible.

“When that moment happens, we’re going to talk to Nikola and his brothers and his representation. He’ll be in Denver for a long, long time. He’ll be buying (a home) here.”

In his third season in the league, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Jokic averaged 18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.6 minutes in 75 games for the Nuggets, shooting 49.9 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from deep.

1 Comment on "Nuggets to decline Jokic’s option so they can sign him long-term"

  1. I hope jokic doesn’t Boozer them

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