The trade caught Mason Plumlee completely by surprise.

When Portland dealt Plumlee to Denver 10 days before the 2017 trade deadline, the Trail Blazers’ starting center was averaging a career-high 11.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Plumlee was not a perfect fit, but a solid one nonetheless alongside Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. And fresh off a Western Conference semifinals appearance, Portland was looking to go one step further with the same core.

“I was one of our better players, and there and there was really no heads up,” Plumlee told BSN Denver reflecting back on the trade ahead of Friday’s matchup (8:30 MT/ALT, ESPN) with the Trail Blazers. “I think every time you are traded, it’s a bit unexpected. But it’s tough to join a new team midseason.”

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Harrison Wind is the Denver Nuggets beat reporter for DNVR Nuggets. The University of Colorado alum grew up in Boulder and has covered the Nuggets for the last three seasons. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Nuggets podcast. Follow Harrison on Twitter - @HarrisonWind