Nikola Jokic has expressed desire to stay with the Denver Nuggets as he has confirmed he would accept a supermax offer if the Nuggets offered him one. Jokic, the reigning NBA MVP who is a strong candidate to win the award for second consecutive year, is eligible to sign a a five-year, $254 million extension with the Nuggets.
The Nuggets are expected to give Jokic the largest supermax deal in NBA history. "I would like it, of course," Jokic said when asked about a contract extension, per ESPN. "But it's not something that I'm deciding.
I think if [the] offer is on the table, of course I'm going to accept it because I really like the organization, I really like the people who works here. I'm in [a] really good relationship with everybody from [the] owner to equipment manager."
Jokic on winning the NBA MVP award
On Wednesday night, the Nuggets' season came to an end after they suffered a 102-98 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5. The Nuggets were playing without Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr.
throughout the entire season but Jokic's averages of 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists made the Nuggets competitive. Jokic won his first NBA MVP award last year and now is among finalists for this year's NBA MVP award.
"I mean, I never dream about it," Jokic said of the possibility of winning a second MVP. "It's something that if it happened, it's a great thing of course. It's something that probably legacy, my name is always going to be there.
"But if I don't get it, I'm not going to die. ... It would be nice, but if it happens, happens." The Nuggets didn't set big expectations for this season because they were lacking two starters - Murray and Porter.
Murray and Porter are expected to be a full go at the start of next year and the Nuggets will try to make a run at the championship.