The Blue Arrow just became The Green Arrow.
The contract makes Murray the highest paid Canadian athlete of all time, topping the 5-year, $148 million deal that Andrew Wiggins signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 2017.
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In his third year out of Kentucky, Murray averaged career-highs in points (18.2), rebounds (4.2) and assists (4.8) while shooting 36.7 percent from three-point range in helping lead the Nuggets to its first playoff appearance since the 2012-13 season and first playoff series win in nine years.
In Game 2 vs. the San Antonio Spurs, after going 0 for 8 and scoring just 3 points during the first three quarters, Murray caught fire in the fourth, making his first eight shots and scoring 21 points to help the Nuggets erase a 19-point third quarter deficit to help lead the Nuggets to a 114-105 win in Denver. Murray’s 21 points were the most by any player in the fourth quarter of an NBA playoff game since Paul George in 2014.
After defeating the Spurs, Denver fell to the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals. In seven games vs. the Trail Blazers, Murray averaged 23.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the series, including a pair of 34-point performances in Games 3 and 4 in Portland.
Murray made 19 of 30 shots and scored a career-high 48 points in the Nuggets’ 115-107 win over the Boston Celtics on Nov. 5. Murray’s 48 points were the most-ever by a Canadian-born player in an NBA regular season game and the most by a Nuggets player since Carmelo Anthony scored 50 against Houston on Feb. 7, 2011.
On Dec. 29, Murray poured in 46 points in a 122-118 win over the Phoenix Suns, making 16 of 24 shots including a career-best nine three-pointers.
In all, Murray had 27 games of 20+ points, nine games of 30+ points and two 40-point games.
The No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Kentucky, Murray took home MVP honors at the 2017 NBA Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans where he posted game-highs of 36 points (including nine three-pointers) and 11 assists in a 150-139 World Team victory.
In the 17th annual GM Survey conducted by NBA.com that surveys the league’s general managers, Murray was voted most likely to have a breakout season in 2018-19 with 20 percent of the vote, double the amount of votes received by any other player. He was also ranked as the 55th best player in the NBA by Sports Illustrated prior to last season.
Nuggets teammate and All-NBA center Nikola Jokic signed a 5-year, $148 million maximum contract extension with the club last summer. Jokic was named First Team All-NBA in 2018-19.