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Jusuf Nurkic reportedly joining Nuggets this season after all

Jul 10, 2014, 12:02 PM EST

Jusuf Nurkic, the No. 16 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, won’t be spending another season in Europe as previously reported.

Nurkic, who was selected by the Bulls for the Nuggets, is headed to the Denver this summer.

David Pick of Eurobasket.com:

The Nuggets can contribute $600,000 for Nurkic’s buyout without it counting against team salary, so I’m guessing something got lost in translation there. But I believe the gist of the report.Nurkic gives Denver a third center behind JaVale McGee and Timofey Mozgov. If he supplants those two in the rotation, all the better. His upside is impressive, but it’s likely he doesn’t contribute much immediately.I’m not sure whether the Nuggets want Nurkic on their payroll this season, but at least he won’t cut into their cap space – they wouldn’t have any, anyway – and they can develop him in-house.

  1. southstands1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    I think this makes the rumors surrounding some kind of trade involving McGee and Chandler that much more realistic.

    …now, will something actually happen? That’s another story altogether…

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Makes sense. Man if McGee didn’t suffer from crippling ADD and asthma (playing at altitude) he would be a heck of a player.

  2. readysethike - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    what gang sign is he holding up there?

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