Northwest Notes: Murray, Wolves, Jazz, Thunder

Jamal Murray‘s new five-year, maximum-salary extension with the Nuggets will start at 25% of the cap if the standout guard doesn’t make an All-NBA team in 2019/20, which would make the deal worth $169.65MM based on the league’s current cap projections.

However, as Bobby Marks of ESPN outlines (via Twitter), the two sides agreed to include Rose Rule language in Murray’s new deal, which would increase the value of the contract in the event that he has a huge ’19/20 season. If Murray earns All-NBA honors in 2020, his starting salary would be worth 26% (Third Team), 27.5% (Second Team), or 30% (First Team) of the cap.

That means Murray’s five-year extension could have a value as high as $203.58MM if he makes the All-NBA First Team or wins the MVP award next season, which is a long shot. A spot on the Second Team would result in a deal worth a total of $186.62MM, while a Third Team nod would bump the total value to $176.44MM.

As we wait to see if Murray can have a breakout year and insert himself into the All-NBA discussion, here’s more from around the Northwest:

  • With Tom Thibodeau no longer in the picture in Minnesota, the Timberwolves project to have a deeper rotation to start the 2019/20 season than they did a year ago. Still, as Kent Youngblood of The Star Tribune writes, with so many young, hungry players on the roster, there should be some interesting position and rotation battles in training camp this fall.
  • Upon being introduced by the Jazz on Friday, veterans Ed Davis and Jeff Green said they chose Utah because they view the team as a team capable of competing for a championship, as Aaron Falk of UtahJazz.com relays.
  • In a pair of stories, Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman and Brett Dawson of The Athletic explore whether Sam Presti‘s references to “repositioning” and “replenishing” – rather than “rebuilding” – the Thunder is merely semantics, or if it provides a clue for how the process in Oklahoma City might play out.
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13 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Murray, Wolves, Jazz, Thunder

  1. IslandFlava

    The language in the contract ain’t important, can’t see at all Murray making an All-NBA team! 0% chance!

    • x%sure

      On a weak team though, he should get plenty of shots, and voters seem to be impressed with volume. He could make 3rd team.

  2. nentwigs

    Supposedly, veterans Ed Davis and Jeff Green said the fact the the Utah team has such a stupid team name in light of the team’s physical location did not enter into their decision making process, although they both find the name “Jazz” laughable under the circumstances.

    • hiflew

      You really shouldn’t stereotype. I’m sure there are some actual fans of jazz music that live in Utah.

      • fishy 9 dogs

        I don’t think that is what he meant. When the Jazz were in NO, it clearly made sense. It was the birthplace of the style. Utah has no clear connection to jazz music.

  3. julio1221

    Worse numbers than wiggins and people actually talk about wiggins, this is a worst contract‍♂️

    • Wade Herbers

      Think they will at trade deadline to someone who’s had a injury to their starting PG. Sure they tried too this summer but no takers for the big contract now , but wait til someone’s desperate!!

  4. Richard Hangslow

    Are owners aware that they aren’t required to hand out max contracts? This entire player salary system will eventually collapse on itself.

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