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Jusuf Nurkic and Portland Trail Blazers agree to four-year, $70 million return deal, agent says


Free agent center Jusuf Nurkic has agreed to a four-year, $70 million deal to stay with the Portland Trail Blazers, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.

The Trail Blazers are also re-signing Drew Eubanks to a one-year contract, his agent, Excel Basketball’s James Dunleavy, told Wojnarowski.

Nurkic played 56 games last season for Portland, averaging 15.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, after ankle and wrist injuries limited him to 45 combined games over the two seasons previous.

A 27-year-old Bosnian big man, Nurkic has been an integral part of the Trail Blazers’ repeated trips to the NBA playoffs since being traded to Portland from the Denver Nuggets in 2017.

Now Portland will be counting on him to continue in that role as the team begins to usher in a new era thanks to the emergence of promising young guard Anfernee Simons, who supplanted CJ McCollum as the football icon’s teammate. the Damian Lillard franchise with the Trail Blazers. .

Nurkic has struggled to stay on the pitch in recent seasons but, when healthy, he has been an extremely productive player. He’s averaged 14.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1 steal and 1.3 blocks in 27.1 minutes per game since joining the Trail Blazers.

Eubanks, 25, averaged 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in 22 games for the Trail Blazers after joining the team in February — a peak in production from 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds that he averaged over 3 and a half seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.

ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.

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