The Bosnian Beast is coming back! Jusuf Nurkic agreed to a 4-year, $48 million deal to return to the Blazers Friday.
Restricted free agent center Jusuf Nurkic has agreed to a 4-year, $48M deal to stay with Portland, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2018
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski the first to report and says the deal includes a partial guarantee in the fourth year.
It was unclear what kind of offers Nurkic would receive around the league with Portland having the ability to match any offer sheets Nurkic agreed to due to his restricted free agent status. He’ll enter his third season with the Trail Blazers this fall after being traded to Portland during the 2016-17 season.
Last season, Nurk appeared in a career high 79 games as he started in all 79 of them. During his time in Portland he’s put up the best numbers of his career on the offensive side of the floor. In the 20 games after being traded to Portland, Nurkic averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists a game. He’d see those numbers drop slightly in 2017-18 but still averaged 14 points a night with just shy of a double double average with 9 rebounds a game.