Jusuf Nurkic Undergoes Wrist Surgery

Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a fracture in his right wrist, according to a team press release.

Nurkic will wear a splint for four weeks and be re-evaluated in six weeks. The timeline offered by the team suggests that the snakebit Portland big man will not return until March at the earliest.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Steven Shin at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.

Nurkic suffered his latest major injury during the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game against the Pacers while attempting to block a shot.

He missed nearly the entire 2019/20 season due to a major leg injury suffered late in the previous season. Nurkic is averaging 9.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG, and 2.8 APG in 12 games (23.3 MPG) this season. He enjoyed a career year, averaged 15.6 PPG, 10.4 RPG and 3.2 APG, in 2018/19 before fracturing his left leg.

Nurkic has a partially guaranteed base salary of $12MM next season. The Trail Blazers will have to decide whether to give him a full guarantee this summer.

Enes Kanter started in his place on Monday against San Antonio with Harry Giles backing him up. The Trail Blazers have a spot open on the 15-man roster as well as a two-way slot to add another big man if they wish. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, they are $1.87MM below the luxury tax line (Twitter link).

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11 thoughts on “Jusuf Nurkic Undergoes Wrist Surgery

  1. Treveon Graham

    They just need another body, so sign someone like Deyonta Davis or something to a non-guaranteed deal.

    • Hassan Whiteside

      There were people in our office saying we might give you a call at Sacramento. Stay ready!

      • formerlyz

        rofl whether or not its actually him, this is hilarious either way. Just in case though, I better be careful about the references I drop now lol

        Also, maybe Sacramento should consider using the kid they drafted at the 4/3 b/c Robert Woodard could give them some defense they need there, and in his very small sample size, they’ve had a pretty massive plus/minus with him on the floor…

        With that being said, there are multiple teams I could see Treveon Graham being useful for at those positions himself

  2. formerlyz

    I have to question Portland’s rotation so far, despite them having a couple of injuries. I’m curious to see if they stay with what they’ve been doing, or tweak it a bit to allow for more balance on the floor

    • osaegthong

      they can just trade da guys who havent lived up to their expectations like idk prob covington cuz he hasnt been a fit so far playing at da 4.

  3. Scott bever

    Stotts doesnt know how to coach D. His record is evidence of that. 80% of his teams are bottom of the league in D. His line ups are evidence of that.

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