October 13, 2017, 10:52 am
Shams Charania is reporting that the Blazers have no plans to offer Jusuf Nurkic a contract extension, meaning he will face restricted free agency next offseason.
It’s far from surprising as Portland has been trying to clear money this offseason and can let other teams set the market for Nurkic next summer. A few teams got nice bargains this offseason as their right to match any offer seemed to scare off potential suitors and drive down their RFAs’ eventual contracts. The Blazers do run the risk of potentially alienating Nurk, who could accept a qualifying offer and then try to bolt in unrestricted free agency two years from now. Half of that saga has already played out in Dallas with Nerlens Noel but we’re a long way from that here. Nurkic should deliver middle-round value so long as he stays healthy this season.