> Nuggets are expected to offer him a five-year supermax extension worth a combined $254 million this summer, one that would give him the largest contract in the history of the game. And when they do, he said, he plans on grabbing the nearest pen and sealing the deal.

> “I would like it, of course, but it’s not something that I’m deciding,” said Jokic, who is likely to win his second consecutive MVP award sometime soon. “I think of course if it’s offered — if (the) offer is on the table — of course I’m going to accept it because I really like the organization and really like the people who work here.”

> Slow down for a brief moment and ponder that sentiment again. In today’s NBA, when so many stars spend so much time sending messages of discontent that often spark chaos, here was Jokic making it abundantly clear that these past four years of disappointing playoff finishes weren’t enough to sour him on the potential that remains here. If you’re a small-market team pondering the sanity of making this kind of financial investment, it’s the kind of emotional buy-in that should make you feel that much better about the choice.

> “I’m in (a) really good relationship with people who work here, and a good relationship with everybody from the owner to, let’s say, the equipment manager,” he continued. “I think we have something that we’re building. It actually feels really good.”