172 million dollars, or 148 million euros: This is the amount of the colossal five-year contract extension that Michael Porter Jr. (23) signed on Wednesday with the Denver Nuggets. That’s the maximum possible for an NBA rookie. Based on ESPN figures, the jackpot could even go up to $ 207 million (€ 178 million) depending on various bonuses.
But the extreme has also been talked about for another issue: in an interview with the Denver Post, he affirmed his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19. “I had the Covid twice, I saw how my body reacted, he explains. And although the chances are slim, with the vaccine there is the possibility of having a bad reaction. I am not comfortable with that. My opinion is that there should be absolutely no obligation. The decision must be everyone’s. If you want to get vaccinated because you feel safer and feel like it protects the people around you, go ahead. But if you’re like, ‘Oh me, I don’t feel safe taking it,’ then don’t take it. “
Porter had already signaled a year ago by evoking a conspiracy theory about Covid-19 from the Orlando bubble where the 2019-2020 season ended. Last season he averaged 19 points and 7.3 rebounds in 61 games. He is the fourth rookie to get a maximum price extension this offseason after Luka Doncic (Dallas), Trae Young (Atlanta) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City).