Millsap to receive operation on left wrist, will miss large chunk of season.
The Denver Nuggets received some devastating news late Tuesday afternoon as it was revealed forward Paul Millsap will need surgery on a torn left wrist ligament. The surgery and subsequent recovery will sideline the four-time all star for two to three months according to league sources. The news comes via the Vertical’s Shams Charania.
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Millsap suffered the torn ligament early during Sunday night’s 127-109 loss to the Lakers, forcing him to sit out against the Kings on Monday. Doctors initially thought it was a fractured wrist, but x-rays for that came back negative. Things we’re looking promising for Millsap until the torn ligament was discovered.
The injury deals a huge blow to a Nuggets team that was looking poised to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Off to a strong start, Denver is 10-7 and tied with Portland and Minnesota at the top of the Northwest Division.
The Nuggets signed Millsap, 32, over the summer to complement their promising young talent. Now, they’ll have to spend a large chunk of the season without him.
Denver has depth to spare at the power forward position, but they lack anyone quite as talented as Millsap. Kenneth Faried is likely to take over the starting spot and will share minutes with Juancho Hernangomez, Trey Lyles and rookie Tyler Lydon.
Millsap’s leadership, reliability and defensive play will all be missed by the Nuggets as they continue their uphill battle in the Western Conference.