Payday for Chris Boucher and Luguentz There: The Quebecers both initialed new agreements with their respective teams in the NBA on Thursday.
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According to ESPN, Dort is extending his stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He reportedly signed a five-year deal that would net him $87.5 million.
For his part, Boucher will stay with the only Canadian team at the silver stretch, the Toronto Raptors. His new contract would last three seasons and be valued at $35.25 million.
On Wednesday, the Thunder turned down the option year of Dort’s contract that would have allowed him to become a full free agent at the end of the 2022-2023 season. The Quebecer should pocket $1.9 million during the next campaign; With that, he nearly increased his annual salary, which will be $17.5 million.
The Arizona State University graduate improved on all the most-watched stats this past season, whether it’s points (17.2), assists (1.7) or rebounds (4.2) again.
Boucher won head coach Nick Nurse’s trust in 2021-22 and played in 80 of his team’s 82 games, a personal best. The power winger averaged 9.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
The biggest contract in history for Nikola Jokic
NBA MVP award recipient for the past two seasons, Nikola Jokic, would have initialed the most lucrative deal in league history with the Denver Nuggets.
His “Supermax” contract will net him $264 million over five seasons, according to ESPN.
The Nuggets certainly didn’t expect Jokic to become the face of their organization when they used their 41st overall pick of the 2014 draft to secure his services. Roughly eight years later, the Serbian lynchpin has nothing left to prove on an individual level. He averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists in 2021-22. Jokic had a triple-double in 19 games that season, a league high.
However, the playoff run of 6’11” and nuggets ended in the first round against the Golden State Warriors. In seven seasons in Colorado, Jokic has yet to lead his team to the club’s first NBA Finals.
Booker $214 million richer
The Phoenix Suns are reportedly close to formalizing a four-year, $214 million contract extension with guard Devin Booker.
The star player averaged 26.8 points per game last season.
The Stadium platform also claimed that Booker was chosen for the cover of the video game NBA 2k23.