If you were caught off guard by news the Blazers had traded their starting center to the Denver Nuggets for Jusuf Nurkic and a first-round draft pick, you were not alone. Plumlee’s teammates were just as shocked to see such an integral part of the team shipped away in the midst of a playoff chase.
“It’s a tough one, man,” (Damian) Lillard said. “Mase was one of our guys; like a brother to me. I have a great bond with Mase, on and off the floor. It’s sucked to see him go … and we’re definitely going to miss him. I was very surprised. I figured if it was going to happen with anybody, it wouldn’t be Mase, just because he meant that much to our team and did so many things for our team on the floor.”
Source: Joe Freeman of The Oregonian
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