Sources told ESPN that the Nuggets -- having acknowledged that it's difficult to accommodate both Nurkic and Nikola Jokic in the same frontcourt -- have made Nurkic available and are searching out deals that would give him the Bosnian big man an opportunity to go elsewhere and start anew.
Nurkic, 22, is a 7-footer in his third season with Denver. He was selected 16th overall in the 2014 draft by Chicago and acquired on draft night by the Nuggets, who are widely expected to be among the more active teams trade-wise over the next month-plus.
The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 23 this season.
Nurkic is averaging 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game this season. Jokic, 21, is averaging 14.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in 25.6 minutes.