Nikola Jokic has been one of the best bargains in the NBA through his first three seasons. The former 41st overall pick came out of nowhere in 2016-17 as the focal point of one of the league’s most efficient offenses. This year, Jokic made a strong case for a spot on an All-NBA team by averaging 18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists.
In the coming months, the Nuggets will have to decide if they want to allow Jokic to play out the final year of his rookie deal for $1.6 million or decline the team option and back up the Brinks truck to keep their budding star in Denver for years to come. On Friday, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said Denver’s plan is to lock up Jokic to a long-term deal this summer.