March 27, 2019 / 1:20 AM / 6 months ago

NBA notebook: Trail Blazers C Nurkic undergoes leg surgery

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic had surgery Tuesday to repair compound fractures in his left leg, the team announced.

FILE PHOTO: Mar 25, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives past Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) during a double overtime game at Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime 148-144. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Nurkic will miss the rest of this season, and there is no timetable for his recovery process.

The 7-footer fractured his left tibia and fibula at the 2:22 mark of the second overtime of a game Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets when his left foot came down on the shoe of Nets forward Jared Dudley, forcing his leg to bend awkwardly.

Nurkic tallied 32 points and 16 rebounds against Brooklyn and finished the season averaging a career-high 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 72 games, all starts.

—New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday had surgery to repair a core muscle injury and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced.

Holiday has not played since March 6, missing the last eight games with what the team called a lower abdominal strain. The surgery was performed in Philadelphia, and Holiday will not resume basketball activities for at least six weeks.

Holiday, 28, averaged a career-high 21.2 points, 7.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 67 games this season, his 10th in the NBA and sixth with the Pelicans.

—The Toronto Raptors signed veteran guard Jodie Meeks.

Terms were not disclosed. According to multiple reports, the deal is for the remainder of the season.

Meeks, 31, originally signed a 10-day contract with Toronto on Feb. 20 and has appeared in two games, averaging 7.5 points and 2.0 rebounds. In 533 career games (204 starts) with seven NBA teams, Meeks has averaged 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

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