Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. enjoyed a breakout 2020-21 NBA season and averaged 19.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The 22-year-old can become a restricted free agent after the 2021-22 campaign, but Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly suggested Friday the club won't let negotiations come to that.
"We know how bad he wants (a title). We want it just as bad. … He’s basketball-obsessed," Connelly said of Porter, per Mike Singer of The Denver Post. "His work ethic is an A-plus. It’s fun when you see guys like that where he had to battle through adversity and all the injuries. We’ll sit down with Michael’s representation. Our M.O. is when we can, we try to lock guys up and reward them for what they’ve done.
"We’ve had a lot of luck getting things done early rather than later, and I think it’s helped with our culture.