Nikola Jokic Inks The Richest Contract In NBA History

Nikola Jokic Contract

The Denver Nuggets and franchise golden boy Nikola Jokic have reportedly agreed to a five-year supermax contract extension valued at US$264 million / AU$384 million — the richest agreement in NBA history. Because a reigning back-to-back MVP ain’t exactly cheap in this economy.

The previous five-year contract valued at US$148 million / AU$215 million Nikola Jokic signed with the Nuggets back in 2018 was set to expire at the conclusion of the current 2022-23 season, meaning he would’ve been up for grabs as a free agent in the (American) summer of ’23. Now, the Colorado-based team has effectively locked him down until 2028.

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The news of such a development isn’t all too surprising. Over the past two seasons, the 27-year-old Serbian has averaged 26.7 points on 57.5% shooting, 12.3 rebounds, and 8.1 assists. He’s also led the entire league in player efficiency rating during both years, according to Basketball-Reference, and ensured the Nuggets have made the playoffs in the past four seasons.

“I would like it, of course, but it’s not something that I’m deciding,” Nikola Jokic said when asked about his future commitment after the Nuggets’ first-round playoff exit to recently-crowned champions, the Golden State Warriors.

“I think of course if it’s offered — if offer is on the table [sic.] — of course, I’m going to accept it because I really like the organisation and really like the people who work here.”

“I’m in really [sic.] good relationship with people who work here, and a good relationship with everybody from the owner to, let’s say the equipment manager.”

“I think we have something that we’re building. It actually feels really good.”

As pointed out by Sporting News, while he was just the 27th highest-paid NBA player during 2021-22 with a casual annual take-home of US$31.5 million / AU$45.8 million, Nikola Jokic is now the highest-paid player by a healthy margin; raking in a staggering US$52 million / AU$75.6 million per season compared to Steph Curry’s US$48.07 million / AU$70 million. His fifth season under the revised terms (2027-28) also includes a player option worth US$60 million / AU$87 million.



Check out the NBA’s current $$$ scoreboard below (all sums referenced in USD).

Highest-Paid NBA Players of 2022-23

  1. Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) – $52 million
  2. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) – $48.07 million
  3. Russell Westbrook (Los Angeles Lakers) – $47.1 million
  4. Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) – TBD
  5. LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) – $44.1 million
  6. Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets) – $42.9 million
  7. Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers) – $42.9 million
  8. Giannis Antetokoumpo (Milawaukee Bucks) – $42.5 million [TIED]
  9. Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) – $42.5 million [TIED]
  10. Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers) – $42.5 million [TIED]

Richest NBA Contracts of All Time

  1. Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) – $264 million
  2. Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) – $251 million
  3. Giannis Antetokoumpo (Milawaukee Bucks) – $228.2 million
  4. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) – $215.3 million
  5. Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks) – $215.1 million
  6. Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) – $215.1 million
  7. Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns) – $214 million
  8. Russell Westbrook (Los Angeles Lakers) – $206.7 million
  9. Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) – $205 million
  10. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) – $195 million