Nikola Jokic’s contract status complicates the Denver Nuggets’ salary-cap position. Declining his team option makes him a restricted free agent and ensures he won’t get to survey the landscape as an unattached window-shopper next July.cheap nfl jerseys nike
Just about everyone and their imaginary friends’ imaginary siblings believe the Nuggets will deal with Jokic’s new contract this summer. While his cap hold will be peanuts, his max salary will run them about $25.3 million next year. That could saddle them with a payroll in excess of $140 million if Darrell Arthur (player option), Wilson Chandler (player option) and Will Barton (unrestricted) all return.nike nfl jerseys for cheap
Belly-flopping into the tax to preserve a lottery team’s status quo is quite the undertaking, and Denver doesn’t appear willing to tackle it. ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski expects the Nuggets to dangle the No. 14 pick in an attempt to offload Kenneth Faried’s expiring salary (h/t Denver Stiffs’ Ryan Blackburn).
Offloading this $13.8 million weight could be a ploy to dream in free agency. Scenarios exist in which the Nuggets shed money, shoot their shot for household names and go over the cap to re-sign Jokic. But this, again, would be predicated nfl jerseys nike cheap on immersing themselves in the luxury tax.
The free-agency outlet is more the Nuggets’ speed until they take the measures necessary to dig up space and indicate a willingness to join the luxury-tax ranks. That removes even mid-level candidates from their purview. Broken-record style:cheap nike nfl jerseys china A max deal for Jokic could vault them into the tax without touching the roster.
Gerald Green isn’t going incite enthusiasm among new nike nfl jerseys cheap Denver’s fanbase, but he’s an electric and affordable wing. He’s instant offense and no stranger to effective defensive stretches. The Rockets used him primarily at the 2 and 3, but he can play some ultra-small 4. The Nuggets need that kind of versatility on the wings—particularly if Houston goes in a different direction and he remains a minimum mercenary.