DENVER, Oct. 30, 2012 – The Denver Nuggets have signed point guard Ty Lawson to a multiyear contract extension, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced today.

“We felt Ty was ready to take on a lot of responsibility last season and he proved he could handle it,” Ujiri said. “He is maturing as a leader on the court and in the locker room, so it was an easy decision for us to sign him to an extension.”

Defining the beginning of an era tends to be an inexact science.

When Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson arrived in Denver in 2009, he walked into a locker room filled with talented veterans fresh off an appearance in the Western Conference finals.

The Nuggets, it seemed, were in the midst of something special. They had two All-Stars in Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups and a blend of talented players such as Kenyon Martin, Nene and J.R. Smith.