Portland has its starting center for the foreseeable future. Jusuf Nurkic will remain in Portland after reportedly agreeing to a four year, $70 million deal with the team on Friday.
Nurkic’s career took off after being traded from Denver to Portland during the 2016-17 season. The 27-year-old big man from Bosnia has been an integral part to several trips to the playoffs.
Nurkic played 56 games during the 2021-2022 season and averaged 15.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. In March specifically, he averaged 17.6 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. His season came to a close after the team shut him down following the all-star break due to plantar fasciitis.
Portland’s offseason now includes the retention of Nurkic, Anfernee Simons, and Drew Eubanks through free agency. The team also reportedly added Gary Payton II through free agency and Jerami Grant through trade. Of course, it also added Shaedon Sharpe and Jabari Walker through the June draft.