Nuggets ink massive extension with former UGA star Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a two-year extension with shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Nuggets are building around star center Nikola Jokic and point guard Jamal Murray.

Denver’s deal with Caldwell-Pope includes a player option in the second year of the contract. Caldwell-Pope’s agent, Rich Paul, helped him secure a two-year, $30 million extension. Prior to the extension, Caldwell-Pope was entering the final year of his contract that is worth $14 million for the 2022-2023 NBA season.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a former Georgia basketball standout, is expected to be a key piece of Denver’s core moving forward. The Nuggets acquired Caldwell-Pope from the Washington Wizards via trade earlier this offseason.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is coming off a strong season with the Washington Wizards. Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game last season.

Washington Wizards guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played in 77 games during the 2021-2022 NBA season. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Caldwell-Pope’s 2021-2022 campaign featured some efficient shooting (39% on three-pointers and 43.5% overall) and helped the Wizards exceed preseason expectations. Caldwell-Pope brings NBA championship experience to the Denver Nuggets and will fit in well.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Caldwell-Pope’s extension:

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