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Jusuf Nurkic reportedly joining Nuggets this season after all

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Jusuf Nurkic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, right, poses for a photo with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the 16th overall pick by the Chicago Bulls during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

AP

Jusuf Nurkic, the No. 16 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, won’t be spending another season in Europe as previously reported.

Nurkic, who was selected by the Bulls for the Nuggets, is headed to the Denver this summer.

David Pick of Eurobasket.com:

https://twitter.com/IAmDPick/statuses/487195323065176064

https://twitter.com/IAmDPick/statuses/487195788754182144

The Nuggets can contribute $600,000 for Nurkic’s buyout without it counting against team salary, so I’m guessing something got lost in translation there. But I believe the gist of the report.Nurkic gives Denver a third center behind JaVale McGee and Timofey Mozgov. If he supplants those two in the rotation, all the better. His upside is impressive, but it’s likely he doesn’t contribute much immediately.I’m not sure whether the Nuggets want Nurkic on their payroll this season, but at least he won’t cut into their cap space – they wouldn’t have any, anyway – and they can develop him in-house.