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Report: Jusuf Nurkic bought out from Europe team, joining Nuggets

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Jusuf Nurkic is coming over to the Nuggets earlier than expected.
Jusuf Nurkic is coming over to the Nuggets earlier than expected. (USATSI)

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When the Denver Nuggets completed a draft night trade sending 11th pick Doug McDermott and Anthony Randolph to the Chicago Bulls for the draft rights to Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris, it was assumed Nurkic would likely stay in Europe for a season or two before coming over to the NBA. That doesn't look to be the case anymore.

David Pick of EuroBasket.com is reporting Nurkic and the Nuggets have worked with his Croatian basketball team to allow the Bosnian center to come over to the Nuggets right away. The Nuggets reportedly contributed $650,000 while Nurkic paid $135,000 to complete the buyout.

Nurkic is a big, bruising center from Bosnia who spent last season playing for Zadar in the Croatian league, and was the 16th pick by the Chicago Bulls. He was selected for the Nuggets to make the trade for McDermott. As ProBasketballTalk points out, the Nuggets can only contribute $600,000 to a buyout without it counting against the salary cap for Denver, so it's possible the final numbers on this deal from Denver's side could change in future reporting.

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