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Can Blazers Center Jusuf Nurkic Reach a New Ceiling?

The Jacked Ramsays are back to discuss the season ahead for Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic.

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It’s a Mail Bag Monday on Jacked Ramsays and hosts Danny Marang and Brandon Sprague are back to focus on center Jusuf Nurkic. With training camp just days away, is it time to start getting hyped about the big fella’s outlook for the 2021-22 season?

The Athletic’s Jason Quick released an article that details how excited Jusuf Nurkic is to play for coach Chauncey Billups. While it doesn’t mention Terry Stotts directly, Nurkic definitely indicates that he wasn’t happy with his role and that spurred a lot of questions for this week. How much better can Nurkic be? What can the Blazers do to allow him to be more successful? How likely will a role change impact the Blazers? Could Nurkic find himself in the company of big men that team’s run their offense through like Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Domantas Sabonis, Anthony Davis and Julius Randle?

Finally, they look at what this season could mean for Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little. On the contract front, will the Blazers reach extension agreements with one of their looming free agents before the season starts?

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