Denver’s Monte Morris Gets a 3-Year, $27 Million Extension

Monte Morris in 2017. Photo by Ricky Bassman/CSM/Shutterstock (8521222ao)

The Denver Nuggets reportedly agreed to an extension with guard Monte Morris, locking another important part of their rotation for years to come.

Morris, who averaged 9 points and 3.5 assists last season, agreed to a three-year extension that will net him $27 million. He was set to become a free agent in 2021.

While the Nuggets still haven’t made the deal official, the news was confirmed to ESPN by player agent Ron Shade.

After playing four years of college basketball at Iowa State, Monte Morris was drafted by the Nuggets in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft.

He spent most of his rookie season in the G League, where he put on some remarkable performances that prompted Denver’s head coach Mike Malone to give him a more prominent role in the 2018-19 season.

Morris capitalized on his chance in the NBA, and quickly established himself as an indispensable role player for the Nuggets. He emerged as a great complementary piece in the team’s backcourt and was a great cover for Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, and Will Barton when one of the trio wasn’t able to play.

Throughout his 158 career games in the NBA so far, Morris has been averaging 9.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while shooting an impressive 39.8 from the three-point arc.