Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Jusuf Nurkic (Bosnia-Herzegovina) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number sixteen overall pick to the Chicago Bulls in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jusuf Nurkic Unlikely To Play In NBA This Season


The Denver Nuggets traded the 11th pick to Chicago for picks 16 and 19. With the 16th overall pick, the Nuggets selected Jusuf Nurkic out of Croatia. With this pick, it was completely expected that Nurkic would be a draft and stash selection. For some reason, fans had hope that he would opt out of his contract and come over and play right away, but that hope is all but gone now.

The main hold up right now is his current contract right now with his team in Croatia. It would cost 1.36 million to buy Nurkic out, and that is over budget in his league. This means that the difference would then have to come out of his pay check that he signs with the Nuggets. The situation is completely surrounded by money, and that is why you won’t see him in a Nuggets uniform next season. Hopefully, Nurkic comes to his senses and realizes the NBA is the best basketball league in the world and come over and play. However that doesn’t seem likely, and it is completely unknown when we will first see him in a Nuggets jersey.

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  • Zenbu

    That’s disappointing but its not the end of the world. He wasn’t likely to play many minutes to begin with, but it would have been nice to have him working with B. Shaw and co. to see some development first hand in Denver. I still think he was a good pick at 16. Hopefully he’ll be ready to come over next year.

    • deMiddoGUnit4life .

      this is not true, he refuse to play in summer leafue because he wanna to play for hes national team bosnia and herzegovina money is not problem he just love hes country