Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari is five months removed from his second of two knee surgeries this past year, but he's still unsure he will be ready to go for the start of training camp this fall, according to a report on Wednesday from Brett Pollakoff of NBC Sports.
The Nuggets swingman, who turns 26 this summer, said he still hasn't participated in any pickup games -- something he hopes to do soon, according to the report:
“I’m not 100 percent yet. I haven’t done any contact (drills), I haven’t played any pickup games or anything like that, so that’s the goal for the summer.”
His status, he added, is still up in the air for the start of next season:
“I’m not sure, but I think I will. We are trying to set up some goals, but in my mind it’s to be ready for training camp. It may happen, it may not, but I think it will happen.”
Gallinari's injury was the theme of the year for the the Nuggets last season; Denver saw Javale McGee go down for the year with a stress fracture in his leg only five games into the season and lost Nate Robinson at the midpoint and J.J. Hickson and Tyson Lawson later on in the year. The team finished the season with a 36-46 record, ahead of only the Utah Jazz in the Northwest division.
Gallinari has two years and more than $22 million remaining on his deal. Last year, he averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 32.5 minutes per game. SI WIRE: Report: Shelly Sterling seeks court’s help to resolve Clippers sale