According to a report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Javale McGee’s leg has not healed properly from the stress fracture he suffered earlier this season and the complications could keep the seven footer out for the remainder of the season.
The news is another bad blow for Denver who have already lost Nate Robinson and Danilo Gallinari for what has become for all intents and purposes a lost season. The news is doubly bad as Denver now must invest another season in deciding if McGee is a player that will fit in Brian Shaw’s systems on both ends of the floor.
The one good thing that could come out of this situation for the Nuggets is that with three players out for the season it seems likely the NBA would grant the team an injury exception that would allow them to add another player to the roster that is rapidly losing players. That exception would likely be used on a guard, as Ty Lawson and Randy Foye have both played over 80 minutes in the two games Lawson has been healthy and Robinson has been out. Some names to look out for are Manny Harris, who just finished two ten day stints with the Lakers, Maalik Wayns, who has had some stints with the Clippers this season, and other D-League players such as Pierre Jackson, whose rights are currently held by the New Orleans Pelicans.
On the floor it means that JJ Hickson will continue to play plenty of minutes at center for the rest of the season which at least clears up the big man rotation a bit going forward. Expect Hickson and Timofey Mozgov to handle the minutes at center as they have since McGee initially got injured while Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur take care of the power forward spot. Each player has their own strengths and weaknesses but they have started to figure out things recently and the disruption that would come with the return of McGee is now put on hold.
Either way the JaVale injury just makes things more difficult for Denver both the rest of this season and in the near future. Expect to see official news within the next few days about either a return being possible or McGee being ruled out for the season.
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