Plumlee recently underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury, but is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Plumlee apparently played through the injury during the latter portion of the regular season and will now address it permanently by undergoing surgery. However, it doesn't sound like the procedure was anything overly serious and as long as his rehab goes as planned, Plumlee should be good to go for the start of training camp. Look for additional updates to be provided over the summer once Plumlee is taking part in basketball activities, though even if he's at full strength to start the year, he'll once again be slotted into a reserve role behind Nikola Jokic at center.
Plumlee recorded 7.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 74 games with Denver during the 2017-18 season.
Plumlee's minutes-per-game average was down considerably from last season as figured because the Nuggets roster included the names of Paul Milsap and Nikola Jokic. In addition, the former Duke standout's decreasing minutes were a reason why his points, rebounds, assists and steals totals all declined from the last three seasons. Plumlee will be making around $13 million next season in which would be the second year of his three-year, $41 million contract with the Nuggets.
Plumlee registered six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one block during Thursday's 100-96 win over Minnesota.
Plumlee finished with a decent all-around game off the bench Thursday, as he hauled in the second highest rebounding total for Denver. The 27-year-old is currently averaging 7.1 points and 5.5 rebounds over 71 games this season.
Plumlee had 12 points (6-6 FG, 0-1 FT), five rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes during Wednesday's 113-108 loss to the Cavaliers.
Plumlee continues to see minutes in the teens, limiting his value in many formats. While he is able to put up some numbers in those limited minutes, his lack of defensive stats keeps his overall output in check. He is fine to own in deeper leagues but is best left alone in all standard formats.
Plumlee, who contributed 10 points (5-10 FG, 0-4 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 22 minutes in Tuesday's 122-120 loss to the Clippers, is averaging 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals across 20.0 minutes in the three games he's played since returning from a calf injury.
The fifth-year big man has jumped right back in to a solid reserve role and has served as a valued source of offense off the bench in his first three contests following an eight-game absence due to a calf injury. Plumlee has filled a number of roles this season, as in addition to serving as Nikola Jokic's primary backup, he also logged several starts at power forward earlier in the campaign when Paul Millsap was sidelined due to a wrist injury. With Millsap now back in the fold, Plumlee figures to log minutes in the teens or low 20s on most nights, with a bump in playing time always possible if Jokic encounters foul trouble, as was the case in the first half Tuesday.
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