Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will plan to aim for restricted free agency next summer, as only three days after left prior to the Oct. 16 deadline for a contract extension, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. The big man was acquired from the Denver Nuggets last season prior to the trade deadline and put up some fantastic numbers during the latter end of the campaign, asserting himself as the starting center of Terry Stotts’ team. The Blazers have yet to extend an offer to the 23-year-old, making an extension a real unlikely scenario moving forward the next few days. The organization has done its best trying to unload big contracts, as they did by trading away Allen Crabbe and consequently waiving Andrew Nicholson with a stretch provision in a now rare trade-and-waive scenario.
Jusuf Nurkic plans on restricted free agency next summer barring major shift
Clutch Points | Oct 13