Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers agree to four-year, $70M contract for return, agent says

Free-agent center Jusuf Nurkic has agreed to a four-year, $70 million deal to remain with the Portland Trail Blazers, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.

The Trail Blazers are also re-signing Drew Eubanks to a one-year contract, his agent James Dunleavy of Excel Basketball told Wojnarowski.

Nurkic played 56 games for Portland last season, averaging 15.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, after ankle and wrist injuries limited him to 45 total games over the previous two seasons.

Nurkic, a 27-year-old Bosnian big man, has been an integral part of the Trail Blazers’ repeated trips to the NBA playoffs since he was traded to Portland by the Denver Nuggets in 2017.

Now, Portland will be counting on him to continue in that role as the team transitions into a new era thanks to the emergence of promising young guard Anfernee Simons, who has replaced CJ McCollum as backcourt for franchise icon Damian Lillard at the Trail Blazers begins .

Nurkic has struggled to stay on the pitch in recent seasons but has been a hugely productive player when healthy. He has averaged 14.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1 steal and 1.3 blocks in 27.1 minutes per game since joining the Trail Blazers.

Eubanks, 25, averaged 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in 22 games for the Trail Blazers after joining the team in February — a performance jump from the 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds he had scored in 3½ seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.

ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.

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