Jusuf Nurkic

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  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    In a conference call with Portland media, Terry Stotts revealed that Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins are likely to return to their starting jobs and won't be under minutes restrictions when the NBA resumes.

    It should be a huge defensive lift for a Blazers squad that gave up points like crazy, though this will throw a wrench into plans for DFS players. Stotts mentioned that he's considered starting Nurkic next to current starter Hassan Whiteside, though that fit would likely only be tenable in certain matchups. This, plus news of Trevor Ariza's absence during the restart, also has big effects on the wing rotation, where it sounds like Carmelo Anthony and Gary Trent Jr. are competing to start with Nassir Little and Mario Hezonja also in the mix off the bench. This is a big blow to Hassan Whiteside's fantasy appeal — a top-15 player in 31.3 mpg this year– as his minutes should sink into the mid twenties. Anyone participating in a short league that covers the restart may want to view Whiteside as more of a middle-round, blocks specialist type, though this all obviously hinges on how Nurkic and Collins look when games begin.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    In regards to the health of Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins, head coach Terry Stotts said that "they both look great" and will be available for the restart of the NBA season in Orlando.

    Nurkić was close to returning when the league was suspended while Collins was further away from playing basketball in March. However, the additional three months allowed Collins to recover as he has no limitations heading into the restart in Orlando. It is likely that they will find themselves in the starting unit while Nurkić is the more proven player in terms of fantasy production.

    Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter

  • Zach Collins
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Zach Collins was cleared by doctors to resume basketball activities on Thursday and will play when the season resumes.

    This is big news for the Blazers who need to perform at an incredibly high level to prolong their chances in the tournament. With Collins and Jusuf Nurkic both on track, this is the healthiest they have been so far this year.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Jusuf Nurkić (left leg compound fracture) said that he plans to practice with a G League team as a last hurdle before potentially making his debut against the Rockets on Sunday.

    Nurkić has been sidelined since injuring his leg in March of 2019. If all goes well with in practice, Nurkić could return on Sunday. He will be limited upon his return so don't expect him to impact standard leagues for at least a week upon his return. It is even possible that the Bosnian big doesn't provide enough value for the fantasy playoffs as he hasn't played a game for almost an entire calendar year. With that being said, he is definitely someone to watch moving forward as he produced 4th round per-game value last season.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Jusuf Nurkic (left leg compound fracture) is set to make his season debut on March 15 against the Rockets.

    It's going to be great to see Nurkic back on the floor for Portland, and if he can get up to speed quickly it'll make the Blazers the most dangerous team in the fight for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Fantasy GMs should keep expectations low considering the minutes restrictions that Nurkic will be facing, but he's a fine flier pickup if you're not in dire need of immediate production and aren't in love with the guy at the end of the bench. Hassan Whiteside should take a small hit as a result of this news but will be safe for early-round value until Nurkic starts pushing up to 20-24 mpg. When Nurk returns, it'll be nearly a year since he first suffered the terrible injury last March 26.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside put up a strong double-double on Thursday with 18 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots as the Blazers fell 106-100 to the Pacers.

    Whiteside has rebounded and blocked his way to an unlikely top-10 fantasy season and at this point, that's mostly sustainable especially with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins with uncertain timelines. Keep rolling Whiteside out there.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Per Jason Quick of The Athletic, Hassan Whiteside is unlikely to lose the starting C job when Jusuf Nurkic returns to game action.

    It's going to take some time for Nurkic to get up to speed in addition to the team likely being conservative on back-to-backs. The Blazers are trying hard to get the eighth spot in the west, but won't do it at the expense of their long-term big man. Whiteside has put up first-round value on the year and should be safe heading into the stretch run.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Jusuf Nurkic has not returned to practice since suffering a strained calf in late January.

    While it's understandable that the Blazers are playing it safe with Nurk, the lack of concrete progress is a bit of a concern, making him a tough stash for for some EOS value.

    Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Although Jusuf Nurkic (leg fracture) participated fully during Wednesday's practice, he remains unlikely to return to game action at least until after the all-star break.

    This isn't breaking news, as this timeline has been mentioned before, but it does confirm that the big man still has hurdles to climb before the team is ready to let him suit up for games. Nurkic averaged a double-double with defensive numbers last season and is a name to stash away if you can afford to wait for him.

    Source: USA Today

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Jusuf Nurkic went through a full practice on Wednesday, according to teammate Damian Lillard.

    Lillard said that Nurkic went full speed and was took contact during the practice. While Nurkic isn't expected to return to game action until at least March, he remains a quality stash for teams that have an open IR spot or can afford it. He will surely have restrictions when he does return, but he has shown to be an across the board contributor as evidenced by the 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steal he averaged in 72 games during the 2018-19 NBA season.

    Source: Jason Quick on Twitter

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, 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

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, 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

  • Zach Collins
    C, 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

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, 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

  • Pau Gasol
    C, 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