Nikola Jokic goes to the bank in the best possible way: with the biggest deal in NBA history.
According to what Adrian Wojnarowski has learnedESPNJokic has accepted the terms of a five-year deal with the Denver Nuggets that will earn him $ 270 million.
The fifth year will be an option for Jokic, which could reach $ 60 million in 2027-2028.
Jokic has won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for the past two seasons. The 27-year-old averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists in 2021-22.
In seven career seasons with the Nuggets, he averaged 19.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists.
The Nuggets finished 6th in the West this year. They packed up against the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs.
City of Minnesota for the next six seasons
Wojnarowski reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves have granted the Karl-Anthony Towns center a $ 224 million four-year contract extension.
The new deal will come into effect at the end of the remaining two seasons of his current contract. In total, Towns will earn $ 295 million over the next six seasons.
Towns averaged 24.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game last season.
Ja Morant breaks the bank in Memphis
Wojnarowski also reports that Ja Morant had signed a five-year contract for at least $ 193 million with the Memphis Grizzlies.
The deal could bring Morant up to $ 231 million.
Morant played in his first All-Star Game and earned Most Improved Player honors with an average of 27.4 points, 6.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds in 2021-22.
Booker would agree with the Suns
According to information from Wojnarowski, Devin Booker has concluded a maximum deal of 224 million dollars for four years with the Suns of Phoenix.
Booker has averaged 26.8 points, 5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game in 68 games this season.
After topping the western rankings with their record of 64 wins and 18 losses, the Suns beat the Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs. They were then shocked by the Dallas Mavericks in seven games.
Shams Charania of Atletico also reports that Booker would be the next athlete to appear in the NBA 2K23 game.
Beal stays with the Mages
On the Washington side, Bradley Beal and the Wizards struck a $ 251 million deal for five years, said the player’s agent, Mark Bartelstein.
Three times a champion, Beal averaged 22.1 points in 2021-22. A left wrist injury limited him to 40 games.
Brunson would join the Knicks
Free agent Jalen Brunson has signed a $ 104 million four-year deal with the New York Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.ESPN.
Wojnarowski adds that the deal would include a one-year option for the player in the final season.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, reported early Thursday, his former team, the Dallas Mavericks, never had a chance to discuss a contract extension with the 25-year-old point guard.
Brunson averaged 16.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game in 79 games last season in Dallas.
It is especially his performances during the most recent playoffs that would allow him to sign this lucrative contract. Brunson improved his game at just the right moment, averaging 21.6 points, 3.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds.
Simmons and Lillard will join
Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons has accepted a $ 100 million four-year contract extension, his BDA Sports + WME Sports agent Bill Duffy told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Simons, who turned 23 on June 8, averaged 17.3 points and 29.5 minutes per game in 57 games – including 30 as a starter – for Portland last season. He became the team’s main passerby after CJ McCollum was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and Damian Lillard was retired for the season following abdominal surgery.
In the 30 games played by Simons, he averaged 22 points per game and 41.5% 3-point, averaging just under 10 3-point shots per night.