According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Denver Nuggets and forward Aaron Gordon have agreed on a four-year, $92 million extension.
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.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 14, 2021
The Nuggets acquired Gordon in a mid-season deal last season shipping out RJ Hampton and Gary Harris to the Orlando Magic along with a first-round pick. Gordon and the Nuggets looked dominant in the limited games Gordon played with the Nuggets fully healthy starting lineup of Jamal Murray, Will Barton, Michael Porter Jr., and Nikola Jokic before injuries started to pile up for the team.
Still, Gordon found a way to have a positive impact the remainder of the season and was a force on both ends of the court. In 25 games with the Nuggets, Gordon averaged 25.9 minutes per game scoring 10.2 points per game. Gordon also hauled in 4.7 rebounds, dished out 2.2 assists, and shot 50 percent from the field.
Gordon now joins a Nuggets core that features Murray, Jokic, and Porter, which gives the Nuggets a dynamic quartet that can compete for a championship for many years to come. Jokić is under contract for the next two seasons. Murray is under contract for the next four. Gordon is now under contract for the next five. Porter remains the only player with contract questions, but the Nuggets are negotiating an extension with him, and he’s a restricted free agent after this season anyway, with the Nuggets having matching rights for any new contract.
This is a win for the Nuggets. They acquired Gordon at last season’s trade deadline, and after seeing what he can do, the team is doubling down on their core. They believe they can win a championship with this group, and all evidence points to a healthy Nuggets team being a perennial contender for years to come.