• Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Jusuf Nurkic “has an agreement already in place” for his new contract according to Siniša Kovačević, the director of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team.

    Kovačević made this comment in the context of Nurk’s eligibility to play with the national team for the qualifying match ups for 2019’s FIBA World Cup. His full quote reads: “We pretty much knew that (Nurkic) is not going to play in June and July because he doesn’t have the signed (guaranteed) contract in NBA league. He has an agreement already in place, however he doesn’t have it signed, therefore he doesn’t have it guaranteed. All of that will be resolved in July when he signs the contract, which will be too late for him to join the team.” This assertion was not supported by the national teach coach, Duško Vujošević, who said “I had a conversation with Nurkic and I am very happy with it. Jusuf has the desire to play for BiH national team, but we cannot count on him in this campaign. Nurkic’s contract in the NBA is expiring and he is in the situation where he will have to wait on offers from the teams, and that process won’t start until July.” It’s anyone’s guess whether Nurk actually has a deal in place, but we won’t have to wait long too find out as July 1 marks the start of free agency. For what it’s worth, on Friday’s Lowe Post podcast, ESPN’s Zach Lowe said Nurk will take the qualifying offer after he turned down “a LOT of money in October” asking “who’s offering Nurkic more than the mid-level?” 

    Source: Blazers’ Edge