Stokes barely beat out Robbie Hummel for the 15th and final spot on the Nuggets' regular season roster out of camp, and was never able to earn a spot in the team's regular rotation before succumbing to a foot injury, which sidelined him for a second straight game. With the Nuggets dealing with injuries in the backcourt to Gary Harris (ankle) and Will Barton (ankle), the team is likely looking to add depth at that spot, so the banged-up Stokes was deemed expendable. Once healthy, Stokes could get a look elsewhere, but if not, the D-League could be his best option to restore value.
A right foot issue will keep Stokes out of a third consecutive game, though even when healthy, the forward is the 15th man on the roster and won't be part of the regular rotation. Consider Stokes questionable for Friday's meeting with the Raptors.
Stokes (undisclosed) will sit out Sunday's matchup with the Trail Blazers, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Stokes will miss a second straight game Sunday, after missing Saturday's outing with the Pistons as well. A specific reason for his absence has yet to be given, but even when at full strength, Stokes is just a deep reserve and is unlikely to get meaningful minutes. His next opportunity to take the court will be Wednesday against the Suns.
Stokes has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Pistons for an undisclosed reason, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
It is unclear what the cause of Stokes absence is. He failed to see any playing time the first six games of the season, but has played seven minutes over the previous two games. Regardless, he was not expected to see the rotation Saturday. His next opportunity to return will be Sunday against the Trail Blazers.
Stokes beat out Robbie Hummel for the final available reserve spot in the Nuggets' frontcourt. It's not expected that Stokes, who was among the top players in the D-League last season but has yet to make much of an impact at the NBA level, will be regular member of coach Michael Malone's rotation.
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