May 3, 2018, 2:05 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
The "writing is on the wall" for the Nuggets to decline Nikola Jokic's team option this offseason in order to gain more team control long term.
This is not surprising news and is not a negative despite declining the team option. Jokic was a second round pick which has slightly different contract rules than a first round pick. The Nuggets have two options: they can either pick up his team option this year and make him an unrestricted free agent in 2019 or decline the team option this year, offer him the qualifying offer and make him a restricted free agent now. The latter would give them the right to match any offer sheet Jokic signs, therefore gaining team control for multiple years. There are no rumors that Jokic wants out of Denver, but it is always smart to gain maximum team control when possible.
Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter