The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with forward Aaron Gordon, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Shams Charania: Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon has agreed to a four-year, $92 million contract extension with the franchise, his agent Calvin Andrews of Klutch Sports told @TheAthletic @Stadium. Deal includes a player option for Gordon on the 2025-26 season.
Marc J. Spears: The San Jose native is out of the country, but plans to sign the deal when he returns. Gordon averaged 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds with Denver last season after being traded from Orlando.
There is mutual optimism, league sources told The Denver Post, about a contract extension for Gordon. A new deal could come as early as this week, a source said.
Gordon is eligible for a four-year, $88 million extension. One source projected a deal could be for two or three years at an average annual salary of $20 million to $21 million per year. The 25-year-old forward is entering the final year of his four-year, $80 million deal, which is worth $16.4 million this season.
Gordon has spent the majority of the summer in Los Angeles working with NBA trainer Chris Johnson. The emphasis, according to a league source, was on honing his mid-post game. The pick-up games Gordon’s played in have included fellow NBA players Ben Simmons, Ja Morant, Jordan Clarkson, Lonnie Walker, Jaren Jackson Jr., Justise Winslow, Tyrese Maxey and others.
One key party with knowledge of the talks disputed that it nearly reached the point of completion. It would have likely involved Victor Oladipo. However, any team that seeks a trade for the Orlando Magic versatile forward would prefer to have some assurances that Gordon would agree to an extension, sources said.
Jeff Zillgitt: NBA rookie extension scorecard: No extensions for Jabari Parker, Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon, I'm told. Extensions: Wiggins, Warren, Harris.
Although Gordon’s and Payton’s situations could change, it seems unlikely that the Magic will reach extension agreements with either Gordon or Payton before Monday’s deadline.
OrlandoMagic.com: A couple of your young guys, Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon, are eligible for their contract extensions. How do you approach that and how much do you need those two players to make another huge jump this season? Jeff Weltman: ``I won’t speak publicly about free-agency issues about our own players. We’re in contact with their agents and if something gets done, that’s great. If not, that’s great too. I’m really eager to get to know them as basketball players. I’ve gotten to know them a little, but they are two sensational kids who are extremely talented and their hearts are in the right place in terms of being just about winning. How does that look out on the court and in our locker room? I’m eager to see how that works, but I’m happy to have them here and I’m eager to see how they develop this season.’’
October 19, 2021 | 3:54 pm EDT Update
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NBA forward Patrick Patterson has partnered with producer Joel Reilly to launch Undisputed Pictures, a new production company with operations in both the U.S. and Canada, which will develop, finance and produce a slate of film, TV, media and entertainment projects, teaming up with Oscar nominated producer David Permut (Hacksaw Ridge, Face/Off) on its new feature, Dock.
The film will tell the story of Major League Baseball pitcher Dock Ellis, an outspoken player for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1970s, who led the team to a World Series championship in ’71. Ellis was a fierce advocate for Black players’ rights who famously claimed to have pitched a no-hitter while on LSD. Pic will examine issues of mental health and drug addiction, as it follows Dock’s journey to overcome his demons.
October 19, 2021 | 3:34 pm EDT Update
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