<
>

Rumor Central: Jusuf Nurkic not worried about missing fourth-quarter minutes?

Jusuf Nurkic's production has been down in several areas from what he did after joining the Blazers last season. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

In the past two games, Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts has played Ed Davis at center in the fourth quarter instead of Jusuf Nurkic. On Sunday, Nurkic spoke with the media and downplayed any issues with the move by Stotts.

Rumor Central

"No drama, man," Nurkic told The Oregonian. "It's all about the [next] game."

Nurkic has spoken with Stotts and said their relationship is in good standing. Stotts said Davis got the nod to finish out the past two games because he was playing better than Nurkic.

"Honestly, the game against Brooklyn we were down seven and I went with Ed and we went from down seven to up five," Stotts said. "With five minutes to go I decided to stay with Ed because we had made a nice run with him in the game. It wasn't so much about Nurk."

After a summer of strong workouts, Nurkic was expected to have a big season. But so far, some of his production (rebounds, assists, blocks and field goal percentage) has been down from after he joined the Blazers last season.

Because Nurkic didn't sign an extension by the Oct. 31 deadline, he is set to become a restricted free agent July 1.

-- Nick Silva