After conflicting reports over the fourth of July weekend, Denver Nuggets draft pick Jusuf Nurkic will in fact play for the Denver Nuggets this upcoming season. A report went out before the week that Nurkic would stay overseas due to a buyout worth $1.3 million. Nuggets management says that the buyout isn’t a problem as they look forward to having the big man in their rotation this upcoming season.
Contrary to reports, the contract buyout for #Nuggets first-round pick Jusuf Nurkic is not a problem & he will be with the team in the fall.
— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) July 5, 2014
Nurkic was selected 16th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, but was traded to the Denver Nuggets along with 19th overall pick Gary Harris for Doug McDermott (11th overall pick) and Anthony Randolph.
Denver has had a heavy connection with drafting players from overseas and fans aren’t too happy with it. At least Nurkic will be on the 2014-15′ roster but second-round draft pick Nikola Jokic will likely play overseas.
Looking at Denver’s roster, it is incredibly deep as of right now; especially when you throw in draft picks Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris.
Point Guard: Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson.
Shooting Guard: Arron Afflalo, Randy Foye, Gary Harris.
Small Forward: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Quincy Miller.
Power Forward: Kenneth Faried, J.J. Hickson, Darrell Arthur.
Center; Timofey Mozgov, JaVale McGee, Jusuf Nurkic.
Denver currently holds 14 players on their roster which means they have one spot open. Denver has reportedly had interest in shooting guard Mike Miller previously of the Memphis Grizzlies.