Nikola Jokic Trusts Nuggets’ Front Office ‘To Do The Right Thing’

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Denver Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth told NBA reporter Sam Amick of The Athletic that superstar big man Nikola Jokic trusts the front office “to do the right thing.” Jokic was “fine” with the Nuggets’ offseason moves, per Booth.

“He trusts the front office and ownership and coaches to do the right thing,” Booth said. “He was definitely involved and in the conversation about where we were going, and his brothers are a big influence in his life. We always stay friendly with those guys and want to know what their thought process is, or are pitching them on the idea of, ‘Hey, (how) should we be trying to maximize (his prime)?’ Honestly, I think Joker thought about (their offseason strategy) for a second and then went back to dancing. But he was fine with it. And that’s something you want to do.”

The Nuggets lost Bruce Brown and Jeff Green in free agency and re-signed DeAndre Jordan and Reggie Jackson. Denver also signed Jrue Holiday.

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“I think he’d be fine without that phone call, but I’ve been in the locker room and I know what kind of respect you’ve got to show that (level of star player),” Booth said about Jokic. “He deserves to know what direction we’re going in and why we’re doing what we’re doing. And so do some of the other guys on the team. But I felt like him not demanding that we have five vets was important, because if he demands that, then you have to take that into consideration. We’re not saying that’s going to be the final decision, but it’s going to heavily impact how we’re going to construct the roster.”

Jokic appeared in 69 games last season. The five-time All-Star averaged 24.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists. The Joker recorded 58 double-doubles and 29 triple-doubles for the Nuggets.

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In the 2023 playoffs against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, Jokic averaged 30.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists. The Nuggets beat the Heat in the NBA Finals in five games, with Jokic winning the Finals MVP Award. The two-time MVP averaged 30.2 points, 14.0 rebounds and 7.2 assists in the Finals.

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