DENVER (AP) — Restricted free agent center Mason Plumlee has agreed to return to the Denver Nuggets on a three-year, $41 million deal.

His agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the deal Monday to The Associated Press.

Plumlee averaged 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists after being acquired in a February deal that sent Jusuf Nurkic to Portland. Plumlee fit in seamlessly with fellow big man Nikola Jokic, who has become the face of the franchise.

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Mason Plumlee #24 of the Denver Nuggets fights for position during a game against the Brooklyn Nets on February 24, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Nuggets opened up their wallets this off-season after improving by seven games last season only to still miss the playoffs for a fourth straight year. They also signed four-time All-Star Paul Millsap to a three-year deal worth about $90 million.

Plumlee’s deal was first reported by ESPN.

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer

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