The Denver Nuggets intend to discuss a contract extension with Gary Harris this offseason when he first becomes eligible.

“I still don’t think the league appreciates how good he is and how young he is,” Tim Connelly said.

Harris has improved his scoring average and his shooting percentages from the field in each of his first three seasons.

“Gary’s going to be here for a long, long time,” Connelly said.

“He’s a guy that kind of embodies everything that we’re trying to be, both as a player and as a person,” Connelly said. “Whether it’s this summer or whether it’s the following summer, he’s going to be here for a very long time.”

Connelly never wavered on Harris becoming a key part of their team.

“Sometimes you have to go with your gut – 6-4, long arm, fast-twitch athlete with a nose for the ball defensively who can make shots and cares,” Connelly said. “I think you can get too lost at times in analytics and too lost at times not seeing the forest for the trees. Now, he’s taken a monstrous step.”