Jerami Grant building on-court connection with Jusuf Nurkic, other Trail Blazers teammates

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic’s penchant for finding open teammates for assists could be enhanced this season with the presence of forward Jerami Grant.

Nurkic, entering his seventh season with the Blazers, has never played with a forward as versatile and as athletic as the 6-foot-8 Grant, whom the Blazers acquired in an offseason trade with Detroit.

The two are working to build a connection during training camp, which began Tuesday in Santa Barbara, California.

“I’m still learning the way he passes,” Grant said. “I’m figuring out when to cut, where to cut and kind of reading him.”

Nurkic said he expects the pair to click and added that Grant has been a great addition as a person as well as a player.

“He fits here like he’s been here …” Nurkic said. “I’m super excited to play with him.”

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