DENVER — The Denver Nuggets have locked down forward Michael Porter Jr.
According to multiple reports, Denver and "MPJ" have agreed to a five-year max contract extension worth up to $207 million.
Porter Jr., who was the No. 14 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, has become a pivotal piece for the Nuggets the past two years as they strive to be title contenders.
"For us to be the best team that we can be, Michael Porter needs to be an efficient and engaged two-way player. He's aware of that, and he's making the necessary strides to become that. I'm proud of him for that," head coach Michael Malone said before the team's training camp on Monday morning.
Porter Jr. played in 61 games for Denver last season (2020-21), starting all but seven of them. He averaged 31.3 minutes, 19 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.
Denver becomes the fourth NBA team to have three players signed to max contracts (Porter Jr. joins center Nikola Jokic and guard Jamal Murray).
>>Video above: Nuggets coach Michael Malone talks about Michael Porter Jr.'s growth
SUGGESTED VIDEOS: Sports
> Top stories curated daily just for you! Sign up for the 9NEWSLETTER to get can’t-miss stories, Next and Denver Broncos content, weather and more delivered right to your inbox.
MORE WAYS TO GET 9NEWS
Subscribe to our daily 9NEWSLETTER
HOW TO ADD THE 9NEWS APP TO YOUR STREAMING DEVICE
ROKU: add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching for KUSA.
For both Apple TV and Fire TV, search for KUSA "9news" to find the free app to add to your account. Another option for Fire TV is to have the app delivered directly to your Fire TV through Amazon.