Blazers extend qualifying offer to Nurkic

The Blazers have extended a qualifying offer to center Jusuf Nurkic, making him a restricted free agent.

The Portland Trail Blazers have filed and delivered the necessary paper work regarding center Jusuf Nurkic, which will make him a restricted free agent July 1, according to a report.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the news Wednesday afternoon.

“I think Nurkić is gonna take his qualifying offer. Nurkić turned down a *LOT* of money in October,” Zach Lowe of ESPN said. “Who’s offering Nurkić the mid-level [exception]? What’s the team? Nobody needs centers and there’s no cap room.”

By extending the qualifying offer, the Portland reserves the right to match any offer that Nurkic may receive on the free-agent market. A qualifying offer is 125 percent of the players’ previous salary.

Nurkic averaged 14.3 points and nine rebounds per game last season with Portland. He was acquired from the Denver Nuggets midway through the 2016-17 season in exchange for fellow center Mason Plumlee.