The Denver Nuggets signed first-round draft picks center Jusuf Nurkic
and guard Gary Harris, the team announced Thursday.
The Nuggets acquired the rights to both players in a draft-night
trade with the Chicago Bulls on June 26. Nurkic was the 16th overall
pick, while Harris was taken at No. 19.
The 7-foot, 280-pound Nurkic averaged 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds
in 28 games for Cedevita Zagreb of the Adriatic League in 2013-14.
He recently led Bosnia and Herzegovina to the title at the FIBA
Under-20 European Championships Division B. Nurkic, 19, averaged
21.4 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.63 blocks in eight
games and was named MVP of the tournament.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Harris averaged 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds
and 2.7 assists as a sophomore at Michigan State in 2013-14. He was
an All-Big Ten selection and received honorable mention in the
Associated Press All-America voting. Harris, 19, started 67 of 69
games in his college career and became just the third player in
Michigan State history to score 1,000 points in two seasons.
---San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is still suffering from an
injury to his right fibula and it will keep him out of the FIBA
World Cup in Spain, the Argentine Basketball Federation announced
The stress fracture has bothered Ginobili since the playoffs.
The 37-year-old Ginobili played through the injury while helping the
Spurs beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The San Antonio
Express-News reported earlier this week that the Spurs sent Ginobili
a letter informing him they would not extend the 12-year veteran
permission to play in Spain because of the lingering issue.
---Kevin Love looks increasingly likely to join LeBron James with
the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, who are shopping Love, are only engaged
in talks with the Cavaliers, according to an ESPN.com report
Wednesday night. Cleveland was long considered the top contender to
acquire Love in a trade. However, swingman Andrew Wiggins, reported
as a key piece in the proposed deal, cannot be traded until Aug. 23
-- 30 days after the Cavs signed him to a contract. Wiggins was the
No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.
Earlier reports indicated the Bulls were interested in acquiring
Love, but ESPN.com wrote that Chicago couldn't offer as much value
to Minnesota in a deal as the Timberwolves could get from Cleveland.
The Golden State Warriors, another team discussed as a possible
landing spot for Love, won't part with shooting guard Klay Thompson
as part of the deal, ESPN.com reported.