Portland Trail Blazers acquire Jusuf Nurkic from Denver Nuggets

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical first reported this trade.

The Nuggets traded former first-round draft pick Jusuf Nurkic to Portland on Sunday, a deal that, in part, brings Mason Plumlee to Denver, a league source confirmed.

The Blazers made a decision to trade Plumlee rather than sign him to a big contract when he becomes a free agent this summer, according to the report.

The Trail Blazers also agreed to trade a second-round draft pick and cash. Over the course of 45 appearances, 29 starts and 17.9 minutes per game this time around, he is now averaging an even eight points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per contest. But that pick lost some of its luster with the accelerated, solid play of the Grizzlies this season under first-year head coach David Fizdale and should be a mid- to late first-rounder. The 6-foot-11 Plumlee, 26, joins his third team after spending two seasons each with Portland and Brooklyn. Though he's only averaging 8.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.9 minutes per game over his 45 appearances with the Nuggets this season, Nurkic should be in store for a much more substantial role with the Trail Blazers and warrants a look in most mid-sized or deeper leagues where available. The Blazers were facing heavy luxury taxes next year if they planned to re-sign Plumlee.

Plumlee is a more established center whose ability to pass the ball is an ideal complement to burgeoning star Nikola Jokic on the Nuggets' frontline. Denver's also going to have to pay Plumlee this summer or face giving up a first-round pick for no return.

Related:

  • Damon thrilled about Clooney twins

    Damon thrilled about Clooney twins

    The lovely Amal Clooney indeed appeared during a Netflix show in London with a baby-bump that maddened the press. Reportedly Amal is due sometime in June. "And I was like, 'How far along is she?' And he goes, 'Eight weeks'".
    150-year-old wedding dress found 'in a crumpled heap'

    150-year-old wedding dress found 'in a crumpled heap'

    A 150-year-old antique wedding dress lost after a dry cleaners went bust has been located. I realise there are far greater issues in the world but it means the world to us.

    Trump Executive Order Sets Agenda For Police To Further Criminalize Protesters

    And murder rates, despite an increase in some American cities, are well below where they were overall in the 1970s and 1980s. Trump signed the executive orders in the Oval Office after swearing in Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
  • Greece says bailout deal close, Juncker says it's on shaky ground

    Greece says bailout deal close, Juncker says it's on shaky ground

    Greece should leave the euro zone and then be given debt relief, the head of Germany's pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) told a German radio station on Thursday.

    Trumpian Politics Take Center Stage Across Speeches — BAFTA Awards

    Although nominated for nine categories, sci-fi thriller Arrival , starring Amy Adams, only took home one award for best sound . Stephen Fry is set as main host of the event for the 12th time . "If there's something you've got to say, then say it".

    This drug just got the FDA's OK -- and an $89K price tag

    The drug will be available in both oral suspension and tablets, and can be administered to patients 5 years of age and older. The intent of the vouchers is to inspire drug companies to devote more resources to creating treatments that help children.
  • Ohio Police arrest registered sex offender in murder of OSU student

    Ohio Police arrest registered sex offender in murder of OSU student

    Brian Lee Golsby was charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated robbery in the death of Reagan Tokes. Police say Goldsby had just been released from prison in November of 2016 after being convicted of rape and kidnapping in 2010.

    N. Korea's missile launch draws rebuke

    He said Trump had assured him of US support and that Trump's presence showed the president's determination and commitment. China's Global Times newspaper said in an editorial: "The North Korean nuclear issue is in a serious impasse".

    Vladimir Putin congratulates new German president and invites him to Kremlin

    He said the world faces "rough times", but Germany, as a functioning democracy, had the responsibility to fight for stability. Mr Steinmeier has said that he will focus on visiting "left behind" communities around Germany in the coming weeks.
  • Prince 'Purple Rain' Remaster To Be Accompanied By Unreleased Music & Concert Films

    Prince 'Purple Rain' Remaster To Be Accompanied By Unreleased Music & Concert Films

    It includes most of the music Prince recorded before 1995, including albums 1999, Purple Rain and Dirty Mind . Much of Prince's classic catalog finally returned to streaming services, but that's not all: Warner Bros.
    England visit Wales for crunch Six Nations match

    England visit Wales for crunch Six Nations match

    Angry social media users branded it "racist" and "embarrassing" and it was promptly taken down by the BBC. "It's a fair judgement to compare them to the All Blacks right now - that's how good they are".
    Special needs community dances at 'Night to Shine' prom

    Special needs community dances at 'Night to Shine' prom

    Guests were greeted with cheers as they walked through the balloon arch into the lobby of the church when the night began. More than 100 local persons with disabilities signed up for it.

Comments

Other news