Michael Porter Jr. Signs Max Rookie Extension With Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets continue to solidify their core, locking in Michael Porter Jr. on a new five-year max rookie extension. 

The deal is worth up to $207 million dollars, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, if he meets the max criteria, and is selected for one of the three All-NBA Teams this season. At bare minimum, Porter Jr. will earn $172 million over the five years. 

As pointed out by insider Marc Stein, MPJ isn't the first player from the impressive 2018 draft class to cash in large.

He joins Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in signing max extensions. For Luka, he achieved super max status by making All-NBA.

The 23-year-old Porter exploded in his second full season, bumping his points per game average by 10 points, to 19.0, and his rebounds from 4.7 to 7.3.  He also shot a whopping 44.5% from behind the arc, staking his claim as one of the top young wings in the game. 

He joins league MVP Nikola Jokic, and high-scoring guard Jamal Murray to continue to form one of the most exciting core trios in the game. 

The Nuggets will have to open up the coffers again next offseason, when Jokic becomes eligible for the super max extension, which should be worth $241 million over five years. 

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