Danilo Gallinari out a month with ligament tears in ankle

Danilo Gallinari out a month

Denver Nuggets forward, Danilo Gallinari, has been diagnosed with two lateral tendon tears and a sprained medial tendon in his right ankle, per numerous sources.

No surgery will be required for Gallo, who has already started rehabilitating the ankle.

Gallinari is expected to miss a month according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Verticle, putting his status for the remainder of the season in limbo.

The injury occurred during the team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks last Friday. Gallinari left that game in a boot and underwent an MRI on Saturday.

With Gallinari out, the Nuggets will turn towards guys like Will Barton, Kenneth Faried and Darrell Aurthur to fill the void and produce for the team.

Gallo was the Nuggs’ leading scorer, averaging 19.5 points per game, which is good for nearly 20 percent of the team’s points on a nightly basis.

In addition to his scoring ability, Gallo was able to get to the charity stripe quite often, earning eight shots at the line per game.

There is a possibility that Gallinari can come back this year; however, there is no real need at this point, as the Nuggets are virtually out of the playoff race.

The best course of action may be to let him rest up and get ready for an all-important offseason in Denver.



  1. Should have traded him when they had the chance. His value was higher than it had ever been. The move would have netted Denver a top five (or ten) lottery pick and freed up playing time for Barton to see if he has what it takes to be a full time starter.

    Right now Denver is a team that doesn’t have a true starter at three positions. While Mudiay hasn’t proven to be the man yet, all indications are that he’s the future at PG. Faried has proven to be a consistent above average starter with the ability to put up a double double on any given night at PF. But Gary Harris starting at SG? Starting Jusuf Nurkic at C? Rotating Chandler and Gallinari at SF?

    While Gallo and Chandler are above league average players, they’re not true starters on a playoff team. Harris and Nurkic would be playing in the D-League on several playoff caliber teams.

    Denver has a lot of draft picks and a lot of expendable players on their roster right now. They need to find a way to add two more true starters to the roster this offseason.
    If Denver can add two more true starters, one of which is a star, or has star potential, then they will be in a position to get over the hump and compete for that 8th spot in the Western Conference.

    But right now they’re a hot mess. Gallo is going to make $15M next year. Chandler is going to make $11M next year. The Nuggets have no way of trading them for anything of value right now. Neither player can stay healthy.

    Denver has to find a way to get those two healthy, and then move one or both of them in the offseason. At the bare minimum they can clean up their salary cap situation and make room to sign a big fish.

    If it were up to me, I’d liquidate my draft picks and add a young star via the draft, via free agency, or both. Personally, I’m a big fan of Denver turning their 7 or 8 draft picks in 2016 and 2017 into Brandon Ingram (draft) and Jahlil Okafor (trade). Then I would unload Gallinari and Chandler for late 1st round picks or multiple second round picks. Anything to dump their salary. Then I would go all in on a top tier SG like DeRozan if he hits free agency.

    Denver has no chance of netting a top tier free agent when guys like Harris and Nurkic are starting. Players want to go where there is talent. A group of Mudiay, Faried, Ingram, and Okafor is a much more inviting situation than the current batch.