Harris, Nugs make it official
Gary Harris has established himself as a key piece of the Nuggets’ young core.
And now he’s got the contract to match his value.
The Nuggets on Thursday officially announced that Harris has agreed to an extension with the organization — one that, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, will make him one of the NBA’s 10 highest-paid shooting guards in 2018-19.
The reported four-year, $84 million deal that begins next season is a massive raise for Harris, who will make $2.55 million this season as part of his rookie contract signed after being drafted 19th overall out of Michigan State in 2014.
Last season, Harris averaged 14.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game and was Denver’s best perimeter defender. He was also part of the group of Nuggets representatives that recruited all-star Paul Millsap during free agency this past summer, and has been tasked this season with developing into one of the team’s biggest vocal leaders.
When the extension kicks in next season, Harris will join the company of Houston’s James Harden, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Portland’s CJ McCollum, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler, Golden State’s Klay Thompson and Dallas’ Wesley Matthews as the league’s highest-paid shooting guards.
The extension, which ESPN reported was agreed to Saturday night, comes before Monday’s deadline, when he would have become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2018.
The Nuggets’ Gary Harris drives past the Warriors’ Klay Thompson during a preseason game Sept. 30.