MVP Makes Jokic Eligible For Super-Max In 2022

By virtue of winning the Most Valuable Player award, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic will be eligible for the largest super max extension in NBA history, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Jokic would be eligible to sign the supermax contract worth a projected $241MM in the 2022 or 2023 offseason. He’s not eligible to sign it this summer because he is one year shy of the service year criteria. Jokic is in his sixth season after being drafted in the second round in 2014. A player needs at least seven years of NBA experience to sign a designated veteran extension that starts at 35% of the salary cap.

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The breakdown of the supermax contract, based upon a projected $121.5MM cap, would look like this, per Marks (Twitter links):

  • 2023/24: $42.6M
  • 2024/25: $44.9M
  • 2025/26: $48.2M
  • 2026/27: $51.5M
  • 2027/28: $54.8M

Jokic has two years remaining on his current deal — he’ll make approximately $31.6MM next season and $33.6MM in 2022/23.

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