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Sources – Nuggets’ Michael Malone will be among the highest-paid coaches

Sources – Nuggets’ Michael Malone will be among the highest-paid coaches

Adrian WojnarowskiTop NBA InsiderNovember 13, 2023 at 11:00 AM ET2 min read

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Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone has agreed to a contract extension that will make him one of the highest-paid coaches in the NBA, sources told ESPN on Monday.

Malone’s new deal comes on the heels of leading the Nuggets to the 2023 NBA Championship, their first in franchise history. Malone’s long-term partnership with two-time MVP Nikola Jokic — coupled with the organization’s deep and stable roster — gives Denver a chance for several more seasons of championship contention.

Malone — who led Denver to a Western Conference-leading 8-2 record to start the 2023-24 season — spent eight seasons lifting the franchise from the lottery, to the playoffs and, ultimately, to the NBA title. Denver’s 16-4 performance in the 2023 playoffs was the league’s most dominant since the Golden State Warriors in 2017.

Malone is the league’s fourth-longest-tenured head coach — behind San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, and Golden State’s Steve Kerr. He holds a 375-272 (.580) regular season record with Denver and is 37-31 (.554) in the playoffs.

Under Malone, the Nuggets have the second-best winning percentage in the NBA since the 2018-19 season, behind only the Milwaukee Bucks, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Malone ranks third all-time in games played (647) and wins (375) among Nuggets coaches, behind Doug Moe and George Karl.

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