Nuggets exercise team options on Gary Harris and Jusuf Nurkic

The Denver Nuggets are keeping Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris on board.
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The Denver Nuggets are going to keep last year's rookies, Gary Harris and Jusuf Nurkic, on the roster next season.  

Both players were likely easy decisions, despite drastically different rookie years. Nurkic was one of the best young players in the league last season, while Harris struggled just as much, if not more, than any first-round pick who received somewhat regular playing time last year.  

By exercising the team options on the 2016-17 seasons, the Nuggets will retain the rights to both players for the third year of their rookie deals. 

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“The Denver Nuggets have exercised the third-year options on guard Gary Harris and center Jusuf Nurkić for the 2016-17 season, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.  

Harris, the 19th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, averaged 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game as a rookie in 2014-15. He is averaging 11.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.67 steals while shooting .500 (5-10 3FG) from beyond the arc through the Nuggets’ first three preseason games.  

Nurkić, the 16th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, averaged 6.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.10 blocks in 17.8 minutes per game as a rookie in 2014-15 and earned a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

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