Nuggets officially ink G Murray to 5-year extension

More than three weeks after the Denver Nuggets reportedly agreed to a lucrative contract extension with star combo guard Jamal Murray, the team officially announced the signed five-year deal on Wednesday.

The Nuggets did not reveal further specifics regarding the contract. The Athletic reported on July 1 that the sides agreed to terms on an extension worth $170 million.

"We were thrilled when we were able to draft Jamal in 2016 because we believed then, as we do now, that he is an extraordinary player and a key part of what we want to accomplish here in Denver," Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said in a press release. "Jamal has shown what he is capable of in his first three seasons in the NBA, particularly in last year's playoff run, and his future is extremely bright."

Murray, 22, had one season remaining on his original rookie contract and would have been a restricted free agent next summer. Instead, the extension, which will kick in after the 2019-20 season, will run through the 2024-25 season.

"I want to thank the man above for showing my family and I how life works in a full circle," said Jamal Murray, a native of Kitchener, Ontario. "I also want to thank the Nuggets organization for believing in a kid from a small unheard-of town in Canada, and finally to Nuggets fans, I can't wait to shoot more arrows for you all."

Murray made the NBA's All-Rookie second team after the Nuggets drafted him with the seventh overall pick in 2016. He has been a starter over the past two seasons for a Denver team that has improved its win total in each of Murray's three NBA seasons.

Last season, Murray averaged career highs of 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game for a 54-28 Nuggets team that surged to the Western Conference's No. 2 seed in the regular season.

Murray ramped up his scoring in the postseason, when he averaged 21.3 points in two seven-game series against San Antonio and Portland. Making his first trip to the playoffs, Murray became the eighth player in NBA annals to record at least 290 points and 20 made 3-pointers in his postseason debut.

Murray is the latest core player the Nuggets have committed big dollars to over the past two years. In October 2017, the team inked shooting guard Gary Harris to a four-year, $84 million deal. Last July, Denver signed star big man Nikola Jokic to a five-year, $148 million max extension.

--Field Level Media