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Nuggets Acquire Mason Plumlee and 2018 Second Round Pick
Denver sends Jusuf Nurkić and a 2017 Protected First Round Pick via Memphis to Portland
DENVER, Feb. 13, 2017 – The Denver Nuggets have acquired center Mason Plumlee, a 2018 second round draft pick and cash consideration from Portland in exchange for center Jusuf Nurkić and a 2017 protected first round pick via Memphis, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Plumlee, 6-11, 245, appeared in 54 games for Portland this season, averaging 11.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 28.1 minutes per game. Over four seasons, Plumlee has appeared in 288 career games (203 starts) for Brooklyn and Portland, averaging 9.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.0 minutes per game.
The 26-year-old played a key role in Portland’s playoff run last season, starting all 11 games and averaging 7.0 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 27.8 minutes per game. The Duke University product also won a Gold Medal alongside Nuggets forwards Kenneth Faried at the FIBA World Cup with Team USA in 2014. The Indiana native was drafted by Brooklyn with the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Nurkić, 7-0, 280, appeared in 139 games (59 starts) in three seasons with Denver, averaging 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.06 blocks in 17.7 minutes per game. He was drafted with the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and was acquired by Denver along with Gary Harris in a draft night trade with the Chicago Bulls.
Plumlee will wear #24 and the Nuggets roster currently stands at 15 players.