Restricted free agent Mason Plumlee has reportedly agreed to a 3-year, 41 million dollar contract with the Denver Nuggets.
With the signing of the contract, Denver was able to avoid Plumlee signing a 4.6 million qualifying offer for the 2017-2018 season, which would have allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The deal was formally agreed upon late Sunday night when agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports and Denver General Manager Tim Connelly reached an agreement. Plumlee first entered the NBA when he was drafted 22nd overall by the Brooklyn Nets in 2013.
Restricted free agent Mason Plumlee has agreed to a three-year, $41M deal to return to Denver, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 18, 2017
Denver acquired Plumlee, now 27, from the Portland Trail Blazers in February in a deal for talented center Jusuf Nurkic. Plumlee has played four seasons in the NBA. In those four seasons, the forward/center has played for Brooklyn, Portland and Denver, all while averaging nine points and 6.5 rebounds. This deal solidifies one of the NBA’s better frontcourts in Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap.
— Ian Charles Rose (@IanCharles33) November 26, 2016
While in Portland, Plumlee was able to average 11.1 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 28.1 minutes per game in a Trail Blazers’ jersey. When Plumlee was in Denver however, he managed to average 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 23.4 minutes of play. While the numbers are almost the same, Plumlee seems to play better when he is in a Portland jersey. The former Duke prospect seems to be very reliable and valuable to any team willing to sign him as he can double as both a power forward and a center. While Plumlee likely has many more years left in the tank, you may be looking at a player who is currently at the peak of his game. Look for Plumlee to have a similar if not identical season offensively this year.
— Blue Devils (@BlueDevils) September 18, 2017
Denver is likely to turn their attention now to working on a rookie contract extension with guard Gary Harris.