Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Unlikely to play Monday vs. Hawks

Nurkic isn't expected to play Monday against the Hawks, Casey Holdahl of reports.

The trade that sent Nurkic to the Trail Blazers became official Monday morning, but the expectation is that the center won't be immediately available as he adjusts to his new surroundings. Assuming that's the case, Nurkic will likely practice Tuesday and make his debut Wednesday against the Jazz before the Trail Blazers head into the All-Star break. Neither Ed Davis nor Meyers Leonard figure to get long leashes as the Trail Blazers look to replace Mason Plumlee in the starting lineup, so there's a good chance that Nurkic could join the top unit once he gets acclimated to his new team.

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