Sep 14, 2021
The Denver Nuggets gave up Gary Harris, R.J. Hampton and a protected 2025 first-round pick to acquire Aaron Gordon during the 2020-21 season, and they reportedly made sure he will be with the team for the foreseeable future.
Denver and Gordon agreed to a four-year, $92 million contract extension Tuesday, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. It reportedly includes a player option for the 2025-26 season. Before this news, the 2021-22 campaign was set to be the final one on Gordon's contract. Denver turned heads when it acquired Gordon from the Orlando Magic before last season's trade deadline, and it makes sense the team envisioned him as a key part of its future alongside the core of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. The forward averaged 10.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per night in 25 regular-season games for Denver and then posted 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest in the playoffs. His ability to get out in transition and play above the rim all while shooting from the outside made him a matchup problem for opposing defenses, and he fit in nicely as a secondary option who could take advantage of the spacing created by playing alongside Jokic and Murray.