Jusuf Nurkic Rumors

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Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
Position: C
Born: 08/23/94
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $1,842,000
With the NBA draft coming Thursday, few prospects are creating more buzz than Croatian shooting guard Mario Hezonja. No longer is he certain to be available when the Nuggets pick in the No. 7 slot. Hezonja is the best player at his position in the draft. At 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds, his athleticism is off the charts, and he shoots the ball with accuracy well beyond 3-point range. He has a connection to Denver too: Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic. They are friends. “I talk to him every day,” Nurkic said. “I think he’s at this age the best shooting guard.”
After requiring nearly two years to recover from a knee surgery that Danilo Gallinari believes was initially botched, the 26-year-old forward finally regained his form late last season and appears now to be a centerpiece in the Nuggets’ rebuilding efforts, as is center Jusuf Nurkic, recently named one of the league’s 10 best rookies. While Kroenke steadfastly refuses to offer specific names when talking about plans to aggressively retool the roster prior to opening night of the next NBA season, it’s realistic to expect point guard Ty Lawson or forward Kenneth Faried or both to be part of trade discussions prior to the June 25 draft.
Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic has undergone successful surgery to repair a partially torn left patellar tendon, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. The Surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA this afternoon. Nurkic averaged 6.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.10 blocks in 62 games (27 starts) this season and was recently named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team
If you think all this talk of Nurkic borders on hyperbole, then you should take a look at this play from Wednesday night’s game vs. the Phoenix Suns at Pepsi Center. With 7:00 remaining in the third quarter, Nurkic sent the defending Markieff Morris to the floor on a post-up (or maybe Morris sent himself to the floor). Nurkic scored fairly easily and happened to catch the ball on its way through the rim. So, naturally, he decided to hand the ball right to Morris while he was still on the ground.

Celtics, Nuggets have trade talks on Ty Lawson

The more interesting questions surround Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried. Denver isn’t shopping those guys, but Jusuf Nurkic is the only true untouchable on the roster, per several league sources who have dealt with the Nuggets. The sense around the league is that you could land Lawson or Faried with a Godfather offer. They are gettable. Boston and Denver have had exploratory talks about Lawson, per several sources.
Alex Kennedy: Philadelphia’s Robert Covington, Cleveland’s Matthew Dellavedova and Houston’s Kostas Papanikolaou were added to the Rising Stars Challenge. Robert Covington replaces Michael Carter-Williams, Matthew Dellavedova replaces Kelly Olynyk and Kostas Papanikolaou replaces Jusuf Nurkic.
In January Nurkic has averaged 7.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. “It’s unfortunate for him,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. “I probably had a lot to do with that because early on in the season he didn’t play a whole lot. But he’ll have his chances, he’ll have his opportunities. I’m sure he may enjoy the actual break of the All Star week, instead of having to go to New York to participate.”
Jusuf Nurkic’s dad is a policeman in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. One day a Bosnian sports agent Enes Trnovcevic was reading a newspaper where he read: “Bosnian policeman, Hariz Nurkic has beaten 14 people in a fight.” He knew what to do instantly! Next day he went to Tuzla and met with Nurkic’s father. The only thing he asked him was: “Do you have a son?” Jusuf Nurkic was at that time a 14 years old boy and never trained basketball. Enes Trnovcevic took him to Slovenia and gave him an opportunity he accepted and used.
Making the trade easier for the Nuggets has been the play of rookie center Jusuf Nurkic, who started for the first time this season on Wednesday night against the Magic. Nurkic entered the game averaging 12.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks in his previous four. He is a plus-9.5 in that span, and only committed seven fouls in those four games. Nurkic shot 53.8 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line in that span. “I think he has shown a lot over the last two weeks by the way he’s been playing,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. “He has been playing more consistently.”
Nurkic, 6-feet-11, 280 pounds, has earned more playing time of late. His season average is 11.7 minutes, but he has averaged 16.1 minutes in his last eight games, a number Shaw says would rise if he kept away from foul trouble. He is committing 4.0 fouls per game — one every four minutes — in that span. “He’s a guy that I have confidence throwing the ball inside to,” Shaw said. “He can post, and he can score. And if he doesn’t have that, he’s shown the propensity to make plays for his teammates when they cut off him. I think now his teammates are starting to cut harder when he has the ball, because they know he’ll pass it.”