No surprise here, as this was the expected outcome after the team decided to decline Jokic's team option earlier in the week, making him a restricted free agent. The two sides have been working toward a long-term deal behind the scenes, and Jokic will now be locked into Denver for the next five years, while receiving a significant pay raise in 2018-19. Jokic averaged 18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game last season.
The Nuggets plan to decline Jokic's $1.6 million team option for 2018-19 and allow him to become a restricted free agent, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The center is then expected to sign a five-year, $146.5 million maximum contract with the Nuggets.
By allowing Jokic to become a free agent a year early, the Nuggets will gain some goodwill with the franchise center while simultaneously securing him on a long-term commitment. Jokic has yet to make an All-Star team during his three NBA seasons, but he's established himself as one of the more unique talents at center in the league, largely owing to his sublime passing skills. He averaged career highs across the board in 2017-18 with 18.5 points, 1.07 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.2 steals in 32.5 minutes per contest across 75 games.
Jokic contributed 35 points (14-25 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal across 46 minutes during Wednesday's 112-106 loss to the Timberwolves.
Jokic led all players in scoring thanks to an outstanding performance at the offensive end, securing double-digit rebounds for the seventh time in eight games to finish the year. Jokic's big effort couldn't push his side into the postseason as they fell in overtime, but he finishes the campaign averaging 18.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and six assists per game on 50 percent shooting from the floor with a 39 percent mark from beyond the arc. The big man boasts a versatile skillset unique to just a few players in the NBA and should warrant first-round consideration in fantasy drafts next season.
Jokic contributed 15 points (5-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 20 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and one block across 38 minutes in an 88-82 win over the Trail Blazers on Monday.
The Joker was at it again in Monday's must-win, powering through some shooting struggles to generate his second consecutive triple-double and sixth game with at least a double-double over the last seven contest. Jokic has been consistently filling out the stat sheet all season, and he naturally should play an enormous role in Wednesday's win-and-in season finale versus the Timberwolves.
Jokic notched 23 points (9-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and one block across 34 minutes during Saturday's 134-115 win over the Clippers.
Jokic thrived in this up-and-down affair, notching his ninth triple-double of the season as he filled up the box score. He attempted just 14 shots and played 34 minutes in this one -- a testament to his ability to dominate in smaller sample sizes. Jokic has been a huge boon to his club's march toward the postseason and will look to keep it rolling Monday against the Trail Blazers.
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