In a season of ups and downs for the Nuggets, Tuesday afternoon brought with it another stomach punching loss. Adrian Wojnarowski has just reported that Gallo has undergone reconstructive knee surgery and will be out for the 2013-2014 season.
Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari had reconstructive ACL surgery on Tuesday will miss the entire 2013-’14 season, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 21, 2014
The news is obviously devastating for a Nuggets franchise that has as many questions as answers regarding the future of the Ty Lawson and Gallinari led core as it pushes off the ability to make a decision on how far that core can go until sometime next season at the earliest.
It shouldn’t change anything in regards to the on court product as Gallo has yet to see the floor this season for the Nuggets, who have struggled with a ton of inconsistency on their way to a 20-20 record.
According to Wojnarowski, Gallinari’s surgery in April was just on his meniscus and not on the ACL which leads to plenty of questions in regards to decision making and why he waited this long when just a few weeks ago he spoke of not being comfortable. Remember at first the surgery was reported as an “arthroscopic procedure to promote healing of his ACL tear, which was found to be partially torn at the time of surgery” and not a total reconstruction.
What may change now is how aggressive Denver will be at the trade deadline which would answer the question of if they want to see what they have with Ty and Gallo as the foundation pieces or if they decide to blow things up without ever seeing.
What do you think Denver should do in light of the news? Where does this leave Gallo? How much should Denver rely on him in the future? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments.