Nuggets management has been in touch with Nikola Jokic in the days following Tim Connelly’s stunning departure, and the team’s franchise superstar is comfortable with the direction of the team, a league source told The Denver Post.
The two parties have spoken over the phone, allaying concerns over Connelly’s exit for Minnesota.
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Jokic is eligible to sign a 5-year, $254 million supermax extension this summer that would keep him in a Nuggets uniform through the 2027-28 season. Jokic said he intended to sign it in the aftermath of the Nuggets’ first-round exit to Golden State.
“If (the) offer’s on the table, of course, I’m gonna accept it because I really like the organization,” Jokic said after Denver’s Game 5 loss to the Warriors. “I really like the people who work here.”
Nuggets GM Calvin Booth is widely expected to assume responsibilities running the team, although nothing’s been made official from the organization. Nuggets governor Josh Kroenke is scheduled to address the media for the first time in years Thursday.
Jokic was close with Connelly, who helped orchestrate the Nuggets’ impromptu trip to Serbia two weeks ago to present him with the MVP trophy. Typically laidback and reserved, Jokic has generally deferred questions about roster decisions to team management. He’s often said he has trust in those tasked with filling out the roster around him.