Michael Porter Jr. Signs Five-Year, Max Extension

Michael Porter Jr. Extension
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) is greeted by teammates during player introductions before the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

After a third season with the Denver Nuggets, Forward Michael Porter Jr. has agreed to a max extension that will keep him in the Mile High City for five more seasons.

The five-year deal that keeps Porter in Denver until the 2026-27 season will be for the max. The value of the contract can change depending on his next season. It is currently valued at $172 million unless he can make an All-NBA team this season. In that case, it would become $207 million.

Porter has spent three seasons with the Nuggets, though he didn’t play during his first season after they drafted him with the 14th pick during the 2018 NBA Draft. During his first season of playing in the NBA, he averaged about nine points and five rebounds in limited time.

During the 2020 season, he became a regular starter and averaged 19 points, 7.3 rebounds, and shot 44.5 percent from three.

This makes Porter the third player on the Denver roster the team has signed to a max extension. Reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic signed a max extension in 2018 and point guard Jamal Murray signed his in 2019.

The Nuggets also signed their other forward, Aaron Gordon, to an extension at the beginning of the off-season. Porter’s deal keeps their entire core in Denver for the foreseeable future.

The other players from the 2018 draft class to sign max deals this offseason are Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

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