Trail Blazers Trade Plumlee to Nuggets for Nurkic and a 2017 Draft Pick

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The Portland Trailblazers have traded center Mason Plumlee to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for center Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first round pick that originally belonged to the Memphis Grizzlies and is top 5 protected.

Plumlee, 26, has been in the NBA for 4 seasons and has played for 2 different teams. He is coming off of a season in which he played in 82 games and averaged 25.4 minutes per game, 9.1 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game, 2.8 assists per game, 1.0 block per game, and 0.8 steals per game. He shot 51.6% from the field, 0.0% from 3-point range, and 64.2% from the free throw line.

This season, Plumlee has played in 54 games and averaged 28.1 minutes per game, 11.1 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game, 4.0 assists per game, 1.2 blocks per game, and 0.9 steals per game. He is shooting 53.2% from the field, 0.0% from 3-point range, and 56.7% from the free throw line.

Over his 4-year NBA career, Plumlee has played in 288 games and averaged 23.0 minutes per game, 9.0 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, 2.0 assists per game, 0.9 blocks per game, and 0.8 steals per game. His career shooting percentages are 56.1% from the field, 0.0% from 3-point range, and 58.0% from the free throw line.

Nurkic, 22, has been in the NBA for 3 seasons, all with the Nuggets. He is coming off of a season in which he played in 32 games and averaged 17.1 minutes per game, 8.2 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 1.3 assists per game, 1.4 blocks per game, and 0.8 steals per game. He shot 41.7% from the field, 0.0% from 3-point range, and 61.6% from the free throw line.

This season, Nurkic has played in 45 games and averaged 17.9 minutes per game, 8.0 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, 1.3 assists per game, 0.8 blocks per game, and 0.6 steals per game. He is shooting 50.7% from the field and 49.6% from the free throw line.

Over his 3-year NBA career, Nurkic has played in 139 games and averaged 17.7 minutes per game, 7.5 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, 1.1 assists per game, 1.1 blocks per game, and 0.7 steals per game. His career shooting percentages are 45.8% from the field, 0.0% from 3-point range, and 58.4% from the free throw line.

 

-Asher Fair

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