Nikola Jokic: Nuggets star agreed to a richest deal in NBA history

2022-06-30 22:03
Credit: AFP - Scanpix
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Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic agreed to the richest deal in the NBA history.

Shams Charania from The Athletic reports that Jokic will sign a supermax 5-year $264 million contract extension.

This season, Jokic became the 13th player to win back-to-back MVP awards. He averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 1.5 steals this season for the Nuggets.

Nikola Jokic

Nikola  Jokic
Nikola  Jokic
MIN: 33.5
PTS: 27.33 (64.23%)
REB: 13.71
As: 7.76
ST: 1.47
BL: 0.89
TO: 3.85
GM: 79

Jokic led the NBA with 19 triple-doubles and became the first player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists in a season.

"It's amazing, my horse and I were doing a fast workout in the afternoon instead of the morning, and I was wondering why," Jokic said in an MVP interview from the stable. "I came back in the stable, and everybody was here. Actually, I saw my godfather's car on the track, and I thought, 'what is he doing here?'

And I saw everybody in the shirts. It was really emotional, a really emotional moment for me. Nobody came here before. It's actually an amazing thing that everyone came here; it's once in a lifetime."

The Nuggets drafted Jokic with the 41st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Since then, the Serbian star became the MVP twice, was named to All-NBA First Team three times, and played in four NBA All-Star games.

"I don't know what else you can say about Nikola at this point," Denver coach Michael Malone said. "He's consistently improved his game, consistently proven people wrong when they doubt him, and consistently the best player on the floor night in and night out.

I've said it many times before, I'm extremely grateful to Nikola Jokic and just as grateful for the bond we've built off the court in our seven years together."



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