Nurkic headed back to Portland with new four-year deal

Jusuf Nurkic and the Trail Blazers have agreed on a four-year, $48 million deal.

Jusuf Nurkic will be back with the Portland Trail Blazers next season, according to a report.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports Nurkic, a restricted free agent, and the Blazers have agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal to remain in Portland.

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.

The 23-year-old turned down a more-lucrative four-year offer from the Trail Blazers months ago. However, since then, the market has turned soft, especially for restricted free agents.

Wojnarowski reports the first three years of Nurkic’s new deal are guaranteed, with the fourth year being partially guaranteed.

Nurkic, who began his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets, carries career averages of 10.4 points, 7.3 boards and 1.2 blocked shots in his four seasons in the league.