Cannot afford to trade: Nikola Jokic
No trade package will ever equal the best player in the world. The two-time MVP cemented his status by leading the Nuggets to the championship in 2023. He is an unstoppable offensive force, who continues to improve his defense. Jokic puts up unheard-of numbers and figures to be in the thick of the MVP race for the fourth straight year.
The Joker is averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, and assists per game. He is in the top eight in all three categories and has a massive lead in value over replacement player (VORP). The defending champions are still favorites to win the Western Conference and plan on making it two straight titles.
Nikola Jokic can become a free agent in 2027, but is not going anywhere. The 28-year-old is happy in Denver, and the Nuggets are committed to building a dynasty around him. Fans do not need to worry. The Joker is an all-time great and excited to keep leading this franchise.
The Denver Nuggets owe it to Jokic to maximize their roster, but will a trade worth making come along? They will struggle to match salary and make a deal, but crazier things have happened. There will be rumors, so stay tuned.