The Blazers defied expectations all year long and now need to find some flexibility
January 9, 2020, 12:37 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Though Jusuf Nurkic is expected to remain out until February (at least), he was in uniform and on the court at Thursday's shootaround.
As of last reports, Nurkic is aiming to return sometime around the All-Star break. The Blazers haven't said much about his recovery from a left leg compound fracture but we're of the impression that no news is good news. The return of Nurkic will be a massive lift for Portland, and he's someone to consider stashing away in the next few weeks if he's on waivers in your league. He's unlikely to be the type of guy that saves your season outright, but he should be able to hold at least late-round value as he gets eased back into action. Hassan Whiteside's value is at an all-time high, and he may be significantly impacted by even a limited version of Nurkic. We'd advise you to get off that train before it stops.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
December 12, 2019, 2:26 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
In a recent mailbag, Shams Charania said that Jusuf Nurkic is aiming to make his return around the All-Star break in February.
Nurkic suffered a compound fracture in his left leg late last season, and though the Blazers haven't said much about a potential return yet it's clear that he intends to play this season. That said, there also haven't been any reports about rehab setbacks, and Nurkic makes some sense as a stash for the second half if you have multiple IR spots to mess around with. You can roll with Hassan Whiteside for a little while longer but there is a massive sell-high window open, and you should take advantage of it before it slams shut.
Source: The Athletic
November 5, 2019, 3:47 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (torn labrum surgery) will be re-evaluated in four months after undergoing surgery to repair his labrum.
This is a significant blow to fantasy owners and the Blazers' frontcourt. Collins can be dropped in all-sized leagues with a best-case scenario being a March return. Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja and Skal Labissiere will continue to soak up the extra minutes until one separates themselves from the pack. With Pau Gasol and Jusuf Nurkic also out, the Blazers will likely be looking to acquire a big man on the trade market.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 6:15 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside (left ankle sprain) practiced without limitations on Monday and should be ready for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.
Whiteside said on Saturday that he expected to be ready for the regular season, and that appears to be confirmed now. He's an important part of a Blazers team that will be missing Pau Gasol and Jusuf Nurkic at the outset. Whiteside is most valuable in the blocks and rebounds categories.
Source: Jay Allen on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 4:11 pmPau GasolC, Portland Trail Blazers
Pau Gasol (left foot surgery) will not not be ready to play by opening night.
Gasol has been working his way back from from surgery but will not have a big role this season regardless. The Blazers also brought in Hasan Whiteside to man center, while Jusuf Nurkic recovers.
Source: Joe Freeman on Twitter
October 2, 2019, 4:50 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside (ankle) did not participate in Wednesday's practice.
Whiteside's absence shouldn't raise any alarms as it seems like a minor injury. The Blazers head coach told the media that he tweaked it in Tuesday's session and sat out Wednesday as a result. With Jusuf Nurkić (leg fracture) already expected to miss significant time to start the season, the Blazers will be very cautious with the rest of their frontcourt rotation. Whiteside is a polarizing fantasy figure due to his free throw percentage woes but should be drafted in all leagues with his role on this roster.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
September 4, 2019, 12:44 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic broke his left tibia and fibula on March 25 and estimates are that he could return to the Trail Blazers in early February.
Hassan Whiteside will get plenty of playing time in Portland with Nurkic sidelined. There is no official timetable, but Nurkic could be back in time to help his team make a push for the playoffs. Team president of basketball operations Neil Olshey says that he has met expectations in his rehab effort.
Source: The Athletic
June 29, 2019, 7:49 pmEnes KanterC, Portland Trail Blazers
According to Royce Young, Blazers big man Enes Kanter is receiving interest from the Lakers, Clippers and Kings.
The Blazers were able to use Kanter after Jusuf Nurkic went down for the season with his leg injury. Now that he's an unrestricted free agent, Kanter – a former steady double-double threat, should be able to bolster any team's frontcourt rotation with ease. A move to either LA team would be ideal for him as he'd have to share minutes with the Kings' developmental bigs in Sacramento.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 12:46 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic outplayed his ADP this season by quite a bit as he was selected around 80th pick in most drafts and posted top-40 value in 8/9-cat formats.
His season came crashing down when he fractured his left leg against the Nets, but overall his season was more than a success. The main concern is that he can bounce back and recover as the same player he was prior to the injury. This season, he averaged 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds on 50.8-percent shooting. Nurkic delivered all season long for fantasy owners, but unfortunately he suffered a gruesome injury that could put his career and fantasy value in jeopardy.
March 26, 2019, 4:09 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic (compound fracture, left leg) underwent season-ending surgery on Tuesday.
There is no nerve or muscle damage, which is good news. Nurkic's absence will be a big blow to the Blazers' playoff chances and it's awful to see anyone go through such a terrible injury, especially someone in the midst of a career season. Enes Kanter, Zach Collins and Meyers Leonard will need to step up with the playoffs right around the corner.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 26, 2019, 8:58 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers announced that Jusuf Nurkic suffered a compound fracture to his left leg and will require surgery, costing him the remainder of the season.
The report confirms what we all thought happened after the devastating fall Nurk took at the end of the 2OT last night. Paul George had an identical injury back in 2005 but he was able to come back stronger than ever after eight months, so Nurkic is likely looking at a similar timetable. It remains to be seen whether Terry Stotts will insert Enes Kanter or Zach Collins to the starting lineup but both guys deserve consideration in standard leagues with the Blazers having three more games this week. Our hopes and prayers are with Nurkic for now while it was great to see the entire NBA community offer words of support to him last night.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
March 26, 2019, 1:15 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic turned out one of his best games of the season on Monday with 32 points on 13-of-24 shooting while adding 16 rebounds, five assists, two steals and four blocks before exiting Monday's 148-144 2OT win over the Nets with a leg injury.
He was having an excellent night until he was forced to exit the game in 2OT with a leg injury which looked gruesome and had to be helped off the court on a stretcher. The Blazers looked out of it until the fourth quarter when the team as a whole finally started to turn it on, but Nurkic was the one who carried them throughout the first three quarters, but now it's looking like the Blazers and fantasy owners are going to have to find a replacement for Nurk.
March 26, 2019, 12:51 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic landed awkwardly while going for an offensive rebound and has injured his leg.
Nurkic was having a monster game before this happened and this type of injury has sucked the life out of the building which was roaring earlier. He was taken off the court in a stretcher with the help of the Blazers' medical staff.
Jusuf Nurkic suffered a nauseating leg injury late in double-overtime, clouding what was a pretty fun short Monday card.