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NBA Rumors: Jamal Murray’s Nuggets Contract ‘On the Again-Burner’ Till Olympics Finish

Adam Wells July 9, 2024 Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images Jamal Murray’s commitment to Canada for the 2024 Olympics has caused a delay in his contract negotiations with the Denver Nuggets. Per Bennett Durando of the Denver Post, Murray and the Nuggets have put contract talks “on the back-burner right now” but the two sides

Adam Wells July 9, 2024 Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images Jamal Murray's commitment to Canada for the 2024 Olympics has caused a delay in his contract negotiations with the Denver Nuggets. Per Bennett Durando of the Denver Post, Murray and the Nuggets have put contract talks "on the back-burner right now" but the two sides

Adam WellsJuly 9, 2024

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 16: Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets dribbles the ball during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves during Round 2 Game 6 of the 2024 NBA Playoffs on May 16, 2024 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2024 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Jamal Murray’s dedication to Canada for the 2024 Olympics has induced a delay in his contract negotiations with the Denver Nuggets.

Per Bennett Durando of the Denver Put up, Murray and the Nuggets have put contract talks “on the back-burner proper now” however the two sides “will possible” come to an settlement after the Olympics conclude.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported on June 27 that Murray and the Nuggets have been working towards a four-year, $209 million max extension, and either side anticipate coming to an settlement.

There’s some potential for threat on Murray’s half by electing to play within the Olympics earlier than signing a brand new contract. He has missed at the very least 17 video games in every of the previous 4 seasons, together with your complete 2021-22 marketing campaign attributable to a torn ACL.

Murray handled calf and elbow points throughout the Nuggets’ playoff run this previous season. He performed in all 12 postseason video games however struggled to discover a constant rhythm with a 40.2 field-goal share.

Whereas there does not appear to be any concern about Murray getting a deal carried out, Nuggets followers might be excused for feeling some trepidation primarily based on how the offseason has gone to this point. The group was criticized for letting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope depart as a free agent when he signed with the Orlando Magic.

Common supervisor Calvin Sales space seemed to indicate forward of time the Nuggets have been going to go together with Christian Braun as a starter, quite than try and signal Caldwell-Pope. It nonetheless appears an odd determination to let a significant two-way wing participant who shot 40.6 % from three-point vary final season depart when you have got Murray and Nikola Jokić within the prime of their careers.

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There isn’t a concern that Murray, who has one year and $36 million remaining on his present contract, goes anyplace. He’s enjoying within the Olympics for the primary time in his profession.

So long as Murray comes out of the Paris Video games wholesome, his extension might get carried out earlier than the Nuggets open coaching camp. The 27-year-old has averaged 20.7 factors per sport and shot 41.0 % from three-point vary in 172 video games for the reason that 2020-21 season.

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