Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic reacts to fake tweet poking fun at Thunder’s rapid rebuild
In the tweet, the injured Nurkic was reportedly sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for heavily-shopped big man Steven Adams. Part of the package included a bevy of first-round picks, and – the reason why it was re-tweeted in the first place – a little something from superstar point guard Damian Lillard.
🤦🏻♂️😂 a public apology 🤣🤣 https://t.co/u8DCuUXz8o
— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) July 12, 2019
Clearly, the “Bosnian Beast” was just trying to be snarky right at the Thunder’s darkest hour. After a disappointing first-round playoff series defeat at the hands of the depleted Blazers squad, the Thunder unexpectedly cleaned house in less than a week. 2019 MVP third runner-up Paul George was first of the core to go in a shocking trade to the Los Angeles Clippers followed by forward Jerami Grant to the Denver Nuggets, and lastly the franchise cornerstone Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets. It was the end of an era for OKC who are now back to the drawing board with a plethora of assets and a long-term rebuilding plan.
The Blazers, on the other hand, has quietly retooled the roster by adding Mario Hezonja and Anthony Tolliver to supplement their shooting, and trading for Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside. They also made sure to take care of their own by re-signing Rodney Hood and extending Lillard to a supermax contract, as well as keeping head coach Terry Stotts and General Manager Neil Olshey back on board for a couple more seasons.
As for Nurk? He’s still rehabbing and preparing to make his return sometime during the season and aims to join Dame and CJ McCollum in pick-and-rolling teams to death.