The Portland Trail Blazers and centre, Jusuf Nurkic didn’t reach an agreement in October in regards to his rookie extension. Both sides are interested in a long term deal, and talks are apparently set to resume once the summer rolls around.
His agent, Aylton Tesch told reporters:
“I feel like the Blazers are very happy with Jusuf and Jusuf is very happy there,” Tesch said. “We had some [extension] talks, but we decided to play it out this year and engage in talks again in July. He has already proven that he can help the team. There is a fit for Jusuf in Portland and he’s looking to stay there long-term.”
The 23 year old has looked great in Portland so far, putting up averages of 15.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, and 1.9 BPG after he was traded away from the Nuggets. Despite a broken leg, and a summer spent in injury rehab mode, the Bosnian big man is putting up a solid 14.6 PPG and 7.2 RPG through 16 games this season, and these number will only improve again now he is no longer part of a crowded front court.
In 2018, Nurkic will be a restricted free agent and give the Blazers an opportunity to match and rival offers out forward, not that they would really appeal to a man who appears to have found a new home.