Jusuf Nurkic was thrust into the starting center role for the Nuggets last season when they traded Timofey Mozgov to the Cavaliers — and he showed a lot of promise.
He’s a rookie, he was raw, and his per-game numbers were as well, but his per-minute numbers showed real promise — 15.3 points, 13.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per-36 minutes. He showed some real defensive aptitude — the Nuggets were 10.6 points per 100 possessions better when he was on the floor. This is a guy who could develop into a quality NBA center.
But the Nuggets may not have him at 100 percent to start the season. From the Denver Post.
One Nuggets player missing out on (EuroBasket) is center Jusuf Nurkic. The big man was set to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina, but knee surgery in late spring put an end to that. Nurkic has been rehabbing the knee in Denver with hopes of being ready when the season starts or soon thereafter.
Nurkic has work to do this coming season. He needs to reduce his foul rate, he seemed to struggle with the speed of the game at times. He needs to become more efficient when he does shoot, because beyond three feet he doesn’t hit 40 percent of his shots.
But there is promise, which is why if he’s not 100 percent they need to be patient. It’s about the long term, not winning games in November.
Cavaliers wing Iman Shumpert posted on Instagram that he’s expecting a daughter.
Her name? Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr.
Iman can definitely be a girl’s name. When I search for “Iman,” the top result is a female model.
Yes, it seems a little weird Shumpert would give his daughter his first name. But nobody asked me.
J.R. Smith declined a player option that would have guaranteed him a $6,399,750 salary for this season alone.
Instead, he settled for a contract that guarantees him just $4.15 million over the next two years.
But that’s a little misleading. Another $3 million of his salary this season will become guaranteed Monday.
Eric Pincus of Twitter:
Pincus appears to be rounding Smith’s 2016-17 salary. If Smith has a base salary of exactly $5 million this season, the most Smith could make next season, which follows a player option, is $5,375,000. That would mean precisely 40% of Smith’s salary is guaranteed each season – which is important.
The percentage of a player’s base salary that is guaranteed in an option year must match the preceding season. It seems not fully guaranteeing Smith’s salary this season was just a workaround so the Cavaliers could guarantee less next season.
It’s nearly a formality Smith will get his entire $5 million this season. He just has to make it to Monday without Cleveland preferring paying him $4.15 million to go away rather than keeping him. That’d be a stunning reversal days after he signs.
I wonder how Smith will spend his weekend.