Now that Porter is coming off a breakout season, the Nuggets are really showing how much they value Porter.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., has agreed on a five-year designated max extension that could be worth up to $207 million, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 27, 2021
This extension projects to be worth $173 million over five years.
If Porter makes an All-NBA team next season, that’d trigger the super-max and allow him to earn a projected $207 million. But the odds or Porter claiming one of six All-NBA forward slots are low.
Either way, the exact value of the extension won’t be determined until next summer.
Porter is a phenomenally talented scorer. He has a clean stroke on his jumpers and, at 6-foot-10, can get off shots from all parts of the floor. He must continue to improve as a defender and passer, but he’s just 23.
We’ll see whether Porter’s deal is fully guaranteed. In 2017, the 76ers set a precedent by signing Joel Embiid to a rookie-scale extension that wasn’t fully guaranteed for some injuries.