The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets have come to an agreement that will send center Jusuf Nurkic, 22, and their 2017 1st round pick to the Portland Trail Blazers — in exchange for Mason Plumlee, 26, as well as a 2018 2nd round pick.

The Nuggets have been in many trade talks regarding their players in the past few weeks. And now they have made the move. The Blazers, on the other hand, haven’t had much hope this season — despite their major success in the year prior. They also retained much of their youngest offseason acquisitions.

Could Nurkic be “the answer” for a team that has been struggling on the defensive side?

Mason Plumlee is set to make roughly around $1.5 million this year, and Jusuf Nurkic is making around $3 million and is under contract until next season where he will be making just above $4 million.

The Blazers now have three 1st round picks in the 2017 NBA draft. Those picks are their own, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and now the Nuggets. The Cavaliers pick won’t be as valuable, while the Cavaliers are title contender. The Nuggets pick might have some value as they are battling for the 8th seed in the Western Conference.

Mason Plumlee is averaging 11.1 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Meanwhile, Nurkic is averaging 8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

This trade opens up plenty of room for another Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, who was drafted with the 41st pick in the 2014 draft. And this year of course, he is finally becoming a great player for the Nuggets. He is averaging 16.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

The Nuggets can still make another move heading into the final weeks of the trade deadline. They are looking that they want to go young and build their team through the draft. Young players such as Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris, and Nikola Jokic are all having solid seasons. You can also mention rookies Malik Beasley, Jamal Murray, and Juan Hernangomez are also meeting fair expectations.

The Blazers already have Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard in the big-men rotation. Also include Festus Ezeli, who has been injured for the majority of the season.

On a side note, Miles Plumlee, the brother of Mason, was traded less than 2 weeks ago. The only Plumlee brother that hasn’t been traded was New York Knicks rookie Marshall Plumlee.

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