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Jusuf Nurkic: Portland’s Big Free Agent Question

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The Bosnian Beast has been on and off this year. What are the odds the Portland might let him walk?

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast Tara and Dan take a look at the past week for the Trail Blazers, dive into what Portland may have coming their way this summer with free agents Shabazz Napier, Jusuf Nurkic, Ed Davis and Pat Connaughton. Plus...the best match ups for Portland in the playoffs, why the Blazers should be favored in the first round, and Tara really wants there to be rules for NBA MVP voting.

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  • Intro
  • Reviewing the past week
  • Teams that could dictate the offseason
  • Wins over the Lakers are always fun
  • Watching the Blazers and expecting a win most nights
  • A shift in belief
  • How nice is it to sit above the tanking teams
  • Listener question
  • If free agency begins today how could it look
  • Would Nurkic even think about the QO
  • What could the market for Nurkic look like
  • Could a team play spoiler for Portland
  • How likely is it that Nurkic is a Blazer next year
  • Ed Davis and the likeliness that Portland is able to retain him
  • Has Shabazz Napier played himself out of Portland
  • What kind of market does Napier have right now
  • Can Portland get enough guys to perform above their contract
  • Pat Connaughton, will he be back
  • What are your favorite playoff match ups
  • The best potential match up for Portland
  • Portland vs Denver Nuggets
  • Jusuf Nurkic vs Nikola Jokic
  • The Blazers have more playoff experience than a lot of match ups
  • Ranking preferences for match ups based on star power
  • How injuries can shape match ups
  • Why the Thunder in the playoffs are a scary proposition
  • Not trusting Houston’s playoff ambitions
  • Still don’t want to see the San Antonio Spurs
  • Tara wants rules for MVP voting
  • MVPs, you know it when you see it
  • Damian Lillard should get MVP consideration
  • What does MVP mean to you
  • MVP predictions
  • Closing comments
  • Outro