The Denver Nuggets want to get extensions done with Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez before the Oct. 21 deadline, according to Mike Singer of The Denver Post.
If the Nuggets can’t agree to extensions with Beasley and Hernangomez before Oct. 21, both players will become restricted free agents next summer, something Denver wants to avoid:
The respective cases of Beasley and Hernangomez are far more interesting, if only because there’s something to debate. The Nuggets have until Oct. 21 to agree to early extensions. If they don’t, they’ll likely become restricted free agents next summer. Theoretically, interested teams could wage a bidding war with the Nuggets and drive the price up. Denver wants to get a deal done with both players before the deadline, a league source said, rather than risk that scenario with two valuable young players.
Last season for the Nuggets, Malik Beasley averaged 11.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 81 games while shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line. He will make $2.7 million in 2019-20 under his current contract.
Juan Hernangomez appeared in 70 games for Denver in 2018-19. He put up 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 43.9 percent overall, 36.5 percent from the 3-point line and 76.7 percent from the charity stripe. Hernangomez is slated to make $3.3 million this upcoming season.