NBA free agency rumors: Jusuf Nurkic signing 4-year contract with Trail Blazers

By E.Jay Zarett 7 July 2018 289
NBA free agency rumors: Jusuf Nurkic signing 4-year contract with Trail Blazers

Jusuf Nurkic is returning to the Trail Blazers.

The 23-year-old center and Portland agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract Friday, according to a report from ESPN. Nurkic had been a restricted free agent.

Nurkic averaged 14.3 points and nine rebounds on a Trail Blazers team that registered a 49-33 record in 2017-18.

Nurkic began his career with the Nuggets, where he spent a little less than three seasons before he was traded to Portland for Mason Plumlee in February 2017. Nurkic averaged 7.5 points in 139 games with Denver.

The Trail Blazers earned the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs last season but were swept by the Pelicans in the first round.

Portland selected guard Anfernee Simons with the 24th pick in the 2018 draft.

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