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AP source: Nuggets trade Nurkic to Trail Blazers for Plumlee

The Denver Nuggets had high hopes of playing their two young centers side by side this season.

It was an experiment that never quite panned out, making Jusuf Nurkic expendable.

The Nuggets dealt the bruising big man known as the "Bosnian Beast" to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday for center Mason Plumlee, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been announced.

The Vertical first reported the deal. The Nuggets also receive a second-round pick and cash, while the Blazers get a first-rounder.

Heading into the season, Denver's plan was to...