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Will Jusuf Nurkic be a Trail Blazer Next Year?

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Danny Marang breaks down Portland’s center: his play, his value, and his need for a new contract.

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On this episode of The Breakdown, Danny Marang takes a look at Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic. Danny reviews Nurkic’s comments after the final loss of the season, his contract status heading into the summer, and what the Bosnian Beast brings to the team (besides a cool nickname). How does Nurkic stack up as a playmaker with Nikola Jokic, Bam Adebayo, Domantas Sabonis, etc.? What about his defensive fit? And how might Nurk’s skills and needs factor into the Blazers’ coaching search?

Danny also tackles the biggest question of all: What is Nurkic’s value right now? He’ll be needing a new contract at some point. Might he expect to play in the same ballpark as Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Nikola Vucevic, or Steven Adams? What would it cost to keep him and Damian Lillard together - or does a trade need to happen?

All this and more on this week’s episode of The Breakdown!