Lydon had his third-year option declined Wednesday, Michael Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Lydon was the 24th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He had his rookie campaign cut short as a result of a torn meniscus in January. Since then, he's apparently not done enough to convince the organization he's worth the investment. As a result, Lydon will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Lydon posted six points (2-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt), 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals and a blocked shot across 28 minutes in Wednesday's 85-77 Vegas Summer League playoff loss to the Raptors.
The 2017 first-round pick comes to the Summer League after suffering a knee injury that ended his season with Denver's G-League franchise. The Nuggets have a lot of faith in the Syracuse product and if he can put together an impressive training camp, he'll be in the mix for a backup spot in the Nuggets frontcourt.
Lydon had 10 points (3-6 FG, 3-5 3PT, 1-2 FT) in Monday's summer league victory over Milwaukee.
The 2017 first-round pick was rested for the Nuggets' last game, but he returned to the starting five and played 26 minutes. Lydon was a complete non-factor as a rookie, with a torn meniscus in January all but ending his season.
Lydon will not play in Saturday's summer league game against the Celtics for rest purposes, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.
Lydon is coming off meniscus surgery in his left knee, so the team doesn't want to push him too hard in an essentially meaningless summer league game. His next opportunity to take the court arrives Monday against the Bucks.
Lydon, the No. 24 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, made a two-minute cameo off the bench Nov. 20 against the Kings in his NBA debut, which would go down as his only appearance during his rookie season. The power forward out of Syracuse had spent most of the first half of the campaign in the G League before being shut down for good in January after suffering a left knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery. Now more than five months removed from the procedure, Lydon has been practicing with the Nuggets over the last couple of weeks and shouldn't face any limitations during the summer league. If he impresses in Las Vegas, Lydon could enter training camp with a realistic shot at competing for a rotation spot with the Nuggets, though he'll face plenty of competition with Paul Millsap, Trey Lyles, Michael Porter and Juancho Hernangomez all offering the ability to stretch the floor at the power-forward spot.
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