Nurkic (knee) participated in some one-on-one activity Monday. Nurkic practiced some post moves and was dunking the basketball with relative ease, but it's hardly an indication that his knee is fully healthy yet. The Nuggets still haven't issued a timetable for Nurkic's return, and it's probably safe at this point to rule him out for the rest of November. Still, for those in leagues with deep benches or reserve spots, Nurkic may be someone to pick up if he's lingering out there on the waiver wire, even though his return date remains foggy.
Coach Mike Malone said Sunday that Nurkic (knee) remains "a ways away" from a return, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports. The Nuggets were previously optimistic that Nurkic would be able to play at some point in November, but based on Malone's words, it seems like the team has pumped the brakes on the big man's recovery. Given the indefinite return timetable, it's difficult to justify rostering Nurkic in non-keeper formats. The Nuggets will continue to use Joffrey Lauvergne as their center until Nurkic draws closer to full health.
Nurkic (knee) could return sometime in Novemeber according to Nuggets coach Michael Malone, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports. Nurkic, who underwent surgery in May to repair a torn patella tendon in his left knee, will likely have a prominent role for the Nuggets as the team's starting center upon his return once healthy. In the meantime, Joffrey Lauvergne is in line to begin the regular season in Nurkic's potential starting spot.
Nurkic (knee) had his team option picked up for the 2016-17 season by the Nuggets on Sunday, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports. Nurkic is now locked up through the 2016-17 season. He played in 62 games last season, averaging 6.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and 0.8 assists in 18 minutes per game. Nurkic started 27 games last season and looks to be the starting center heading into the season. He is currently rehabbing a torn left patella, which he underwent surgery for in July. He has yet to play in the preseason and could miss up to a month of regular season play.
Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic said Monday that he'll likely require another month or two to return to full strength, Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reports. "I feel really good. When I'm healthy, 100 percent I"ll be back," Nurkic said. "So, one more month or two, we'll see." The Nuggets expected Nurkic to be limited throughout training camp, and it appears he could miss up to a month of regular season time. A more definitive timetable should emerge over the next two or three weeks, but for now consider Nurkic week to week and questionable to play at any point in the preseason. The Nuggets also have J.J. Hickson and Nikola Jokic on the roster, and coach Mike Malone revealed Monday that Kenneth Faried could also see time at center this season.
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