Barring a last-minute change, all signs point toward Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic entering restricted free agency in the summer of 2018, according to a report by The Vertical.
Monday is the deadline for former first-round picks entering their fourth year to sign contract extensions before the 2017-18 season begins.
Nurkic was the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
It appears both Nurkic and the Blazers are content with seeing how this upcoming campaign plays out. It will be Nurkic’s first full season with Portland.
Sources: Portland's Jusuf Nurkic plans on restricted free agency next summer with Blazers, barring major shift, with no extension offer made.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 13, 2017
Nurkic was acquired by the Trail Blazers at last year’s trade deadline from the Denver Nuggets. The 23-year-old only played in 20 games with the team, but he has already become a fan favorite and is primed to have an All-Star caliber season in 2017-18.
The 7-footer averaged 15.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in a Blazers uniform while shooting 50.8 percent from the field.
Nurkic’s stellar play down the stretch helped Portland sneak into the playoffs, but he unfortunately suffered a broken right leg which forced him to miss seven regular-season contests and three out of the four postseason games against the Golden State Warriors.