Jokic ready to sign five-year max deal with Nuggets

The Nuggets have long considered Nikola Jokic a franchise-level talent. Now the franchise is ready to pay him like one.
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According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 22-year-old will sign a five-year maximum contract to remain with Denver. The Nuggets declined his team option for 2018-19 to make him a restricted free agent rather than allow him to enter unrestricted free agency next summer

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Free agent forward Ed Davis has agreed to a one-year, $4.4M deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell ESPN.

Davis averaged 5.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in just 18.9 minutes per contest for Portland last season.

Outfielder Denard Span was a career .118 (3-for-26) against Hernandez before coming to Seattle from Tampa Bay by trade in May. He was particularly struck by Hernandez’s ability to reach back and summon something extra when surrounded by traffic on the bases.

When guys got in scoring position, he’d turn into a totally different pitcher, Span said. It was almost like he would get pissed off when somebody hit a double off him. I remember one at-bat, the 9-hole hitter hit a double off him, and I was hitting leadoff, and he took it out on me. It got nasty as hell.

Hernandez’s gun readings declined gradually through the years because of attrition and injuries. In 2016, he missed almost two months with a calf strain. Last year, it was shoulder bursitis. In spring training, he suffered a scare and a setback when he took a line drive from the Cubs’ Victor Caratini off the right elbow.