Published: Mon, February 13, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Nuggets get Mason Plumlee in trade with Blazers

Nuggets get Mason Plumlee in trade with Blazers

Nurkic was dealt along with a 2017 first-round draft pick to the Trail Blazers on Sunday in exchange for Mason Plumlee, a 2018 second-round draft pick and cash considerations, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!

The Blazers chose to trade Plumlee rather than sign him to a big contract when he becomes a free agent this summer, according to the report.

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Portland owns three picks in the talent-rich 2017 National Basketball Association draft, including its own, Cleveland's and Memphis' via the deal with Denver.

The 26-year-old Plumlee lasted a little more than one-and-a-half seasons with Portland while originally spending two years with the Brooklyn Nets. Statistically he has backslid somewhat, averaging just 8.0 points and 5.8 minutes while averaging 17.9 minutes and failing to build on his rookie promise of two seasons ago. The former Duke standout is average career highs of 11.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists for Portland, which sits a game behind Denver for the eighth playoff spot in the West. Plumlee will be a free agent after this season. The Blazers were facing heavy luxury taxes next year if they planned to re-sign Plumlee. According to ESPN, the Nuggets wanted to move Nurkic because they didn't see him and Jokic as complementary pieces. With Nikola Jokic firmly planting himself as the Nuggets big man of the future, and Nurkic's attitude seemingly souring by the day a trade was inevitable. Denver's also going to have to pay Plumlee this summer or face giving up a first-round pick for no return.

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