Nuggets Sign Monte Morris To Three-Year Extension

DECEMBER 9: Morris has officially signed his extension, the Nuggets announced today in a press release.

DECEMBER 7: The Nuggets have agreed to a three-year, $27MM extension with guard Monte Morris, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The deal will be fully guaranteed and includes incentives that could bump the value to $9.4MM annually, Mike Singer of the Denver Post tweets.

Morris would have been an unrestricted free agent next offseason without an extension. That’s because Morris was credited with a year of service under CBA rules when he signed a two-way contract in 2017, ESPN’s Bobby Marks notes (Twitter links).

It’ll be a big raise for Morris, who is due to make $1,723,707 in the upcoming season.

Morris appeared in three games during the 2017/18 season and has become a valuable member of the rotation the past two seasons. He appeared in all 82 regular-season games during the 2018/19 season and 73, including 12 starts, last season. He has averaged 9.6 PPG and 3.5 APG in 23.0 MPG in those 158 appearances.

He averaged 9.1 PPG and 2.7 APG during 19 postseason games in Orlando during Denver’s run to the Western Conference Finals.

Denver signed Euro star Facundo Campazzo last month as another option behind starting point man Jamal Murray but the extension displays the Nuggets’ commitment to Morris.

Morris’ extension will make him ineligible to be traded before the 2021 trade deadline, as Marks explains (via Twitter).

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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17 thoughts on “Nuggets Sign Monte Morris To Three-Year Extension

  1. Sillivan

    Contract extension creates so many problems for Knicks future

    How can the Knicks sign superstars or good price free agents?

  2. x_burner_X

    Love what Denver is doing, developing and keeping guys they drafted – most of their core homegrown and look happy to be there. Top 3 team in the league

  3. south side hit men

    As a proud Hawkeye I don’t root for the Cyclones often. But good for Monte Morris. Congrats

  4. Simmons>Russ

    Hey Luke, if Denver was to make a trade for a star player. Let’s say they use Gary Harris, Monte Morris and a first round pick. Would that count as 19/20 mil total in Salary matching or would you count his 2022 extension money making the total more like 30mil?

    And if it’s only the roughly 20mil total (their salaries for this season coming) then as apart of the extension could the team acquiring them go over the cap for next season as apart of the deal.
    For example Harris, Morris and a first for Oladipo and then the Pacers just absorb the additional salary from Morris extension??

    Hope that makes sense

    • Luke Adams

      Morris’ salary-matching value would be his 2020/21 salary for now. Except that signing an extension will actually make him ineligible to be traded before the 2021 trade deadline. I think I’ll actually add that to the story.

  5. x%sure

    Denver is looking like the title fav. In some lineups he should start ahead of Harris. Obv that would be a small backcourt.

    • I'm a starboy not a Dr...

      Lol title favorite over who? They aren’t better than the bucks and definitely not better than the lakers…

      • tjbarnaba

        You’re nuts. They would run the Bucks out of the gym. Denver is the second best team in basketball.

        • I'm a starboy not a Dr...

          I’m nuts because my opinion differs from yours? Okay spoiled boy who never heard the word no growing up , resulting in you disrespecting older folks. Nuggets are better than the bucks you say??? We shall see won’t we! Don’t lose that energy when the nuggets regress, without a trade the nuggets are a step back from where they were this past season.

    • formerlyz

      I actually agree that they should consider starting Morris with Murray, especially after losing multiple defenders.

      I personally felt they should have traded Harris 2+ years ago while they still could, or potentially package him with Beasley/Barton in a deal for an upgrade…

      Now they might have a hard time finding a taker for Harris. It might make sense to see if he can give them more production potentially as a scorer off the bench

    • Lookatcurryman

      yea. well harris struggled anyways. thot they could dump harris, barton, and diop for hield. but nope. they decided to hang onto harris. harris and murray will be similar to lowry-vanvleet duo. who knows? maybe tat means compazzo could get consistent minutes. tbh i feel like dozier should start over harris. just like starting mpj over millsap or barton is a good choice cuz barton is still injured and millsap is already past his prime

      • I'm a starboy not a Dr...

        Harris will never be anywhere close to allstar caliber like Vanvleet. Harris is like the guard version of Harisson Barnes. Does nothing great but does some things well enough…

  6. Lookatcurryman

    ikr the nuggets will have been better if they got barton back from injury. like if barton returned at the same time, they faced off the lakers in the WCF, they could have gotten more of an edge over lebron and davis and maybe push the series to either 6 or 7. like barton is like one of the best defenders in the league, u should have seen him guard paul george before. 6’5 guard/wing who could pick off passes and sometimes swat shots.

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