March 28, 2018, 9:37 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
The belief around the league is that Nuggets will opt to make Nikola Jokic a restricted free agent this summer instead of picking up his option in order to reduce the risk of losing him and ideally limit his market.
Jokic was a second-round pick who signed a four-year contract, so the front office can either pick up his fourth-year team option at the minimum and allow him to hit unrestricted free agency next year or decline that option to make him a restricted free agent this summer. By doing the latter, Nuggets will be able to match any offers in a somehow limited market where not too many teams are expected to have max money to spend. Jokic will most likely seek a max contract and it will be hard to argue against it as he has been an absolute stud this year averaging a double-double with 17.8 points and 10.5 rebounds to go with 6.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.4 triples in 68 games so far.
Source: The Athletic