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The Nuggets traded big man Jusuf Nurkic to Portland for center Mason Plumlee on Sunday

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Feb 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-12 17:57:49-05
DENVER (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets have traded big man Jusuf Nurkic to the Portland Trail Blazers for center Mason Plumlee.
 
   The Vertical first reported the deal. Denver also receives a second-round pick and cash, while the Blazers get a first-rounder.
 
     Nurkic confirmed the trade himself by posting this on Instagram:

"Thanks to the opportunities you have given me in the Denver Nuggets. Former teammates, fans and the club I wish all the best. Now its time for new challenges!  #RipCity.

 
    Nurkic is averaging eight points this season. The 7-footer known as the "Bosnian Beast" became somewhat expendable with the emergence of Nikola Jokic.
 
    Plumlee was a first-round pick by Brooklyn in 2013, before being dealt to Portland two years later. The former Duke standout averaged 11.1 points this season for Portland, which sits a game behind Denver for the eighth playoff spot in the West.