Nikola Jokić and Denver Nuggets signed a five-year deal on Thursday worth $ 256 million. This is the richest deal in NBA history, according to Athletics.
Jokić will sign the contract on Friday, the beginning of the NBA League year, and the basic contract will cover the next four years. Athletic reported that the fifth year of the deal was a $ 60 million worth of player options for the 2027-28 season.
Jokić voted for the 2021-22 MVP Awards, defeated Joel Embiid at the 76ers Center, won 13 consecutive titles, and was once again named the All-NBA First Team.
Jokić averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.47 steals in 74 Nuggets games last season. He led the NBA in 19 triple-doubles, making him the first player in NBA history to score at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists during the season.
"At this point, I don't know what else I can say about Nicola," said Denver coach Michael Malone. "He is consistently improving the game, and when people doubt him, he is consistently proving to be wrong, and he is always the best player on the floor night and night. Again, I am very grateful to Nikola Jokić's coach, and I am also grateful to the bonds that have been built up off the court over the past seven years. "
Continuous MVP Other players to win are Antetokunpo, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Stephen Curry, Tim Duncan, Lebron James, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Moses Malone, Steve Nash and Bill Russell.
Jokić usually downplays his success, but after receiving his second MVP award, he is well aware that he now runs a great company.
"For now, I'm not thinking about it," said Jokić, who won the award. "But when I'm old, fat and in a bad mood, I want to remind my kids when I was pretty good at playing basketball.
"Everyone knows I'm the same guy, so I hope they stay the same. I'm at that company with Wilt and everyone who has made history in this league and this sport. It's just that, it tells a lot, and having such a legacy means a lot. "
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