Har­ris, Nugs make it of­fi­cial

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Gina Mizell

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.

Ben Margot, The As­so­ci­ated Press

The Nuggets’ Gary Har­ris drives past the War­riors’ Klay Thomp­son dur­ing a pre­sea­son game Sept. 30.

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