Sources: Blazers trade Mason Plumlee to Nuggets

Blazers trade center Mason Plumlee

PORTLAND, Ore. -- According to multiple sources, the Portland Trail Blazers have traded center Mason Plumlee to the Denver Nuggets for center Jusuf Nurkic and a first-round draft pick.

The Blazers also sent a second-round draft pick to the Nuggets in the trade. The draft pick coming back to the Blazers is Memphis' 2017 first-round selection.

The Vertical was first to report the trade.

Plumlee is averaging 11.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game this season.

Nurkic, a 7-foot, 280-pound center, is averaging 8.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game.

He's still relatively new to the game, not even taking up basketball until he was 14. Nurkic showed glimpses of his talent this season, though, scoring a career-high 23 points at New Orleans on Oct. 26. He grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds at Toronto five days later.

Before leaving town, Nurkic posted on his Instagram and Twitter accounts: "Thanks to the opportunities you have given me in the Denver Nuggets. Former teammates, fans and the club I wish all the best. Now it's time for new challenges!"

He closed his post thanking the Nuggets with the hashtag, "RipCity."

In Portland, Nurkic will be surrounded by sharp-shooters such as Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The Blazers sit a game behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The 26-year-old Plumlee figures to be the perfect backup for Jokic. Both are among the best passing centers in the league.

Plumlee becomes a restricted free agent after the season.

The former Duke standout was a first-round pick by Brooklyn in 2013, before being dealt to Portland two years later.

Associated Press sports writers Pat Graham and Anne M. Peterson contributed to this report.

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