Danilo Gallinari had a major setback in his return from left knee surgery, requiring a second operation Tuesday that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.
The Nuggets initially had hoped to have their star shooting forward back sometime this season, but “it was recently determined that the procedure that Danilo underwent on his knee this past summer was insufficient,” Nuggets General Manager Tim Connelly said in a statement.
His left anterior cruciate ligament was reconstructed Tuesday in Denver by team orthopedic surgeon Steve Traina.
“Knowing Danilo’s drive and work ethic, we look forward to a full recovery and a healthy return to the court next season,” Connelly said.
Gallinari, the Italian sharp-shooter who joined the Nuggets in the blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade a few years back, hasn’t played since blowing out his left knee in a game against Dallas last April 4.
His absence played a big role in another first-round playoff exit after a franchise-best 57-win regular season and the subsequent departure of longtime coach George Karl, who was replaced by former Lakers player Brian Shaw.
A roster shake-up also ensued and the Nuggets are 20-20, in 10th place in the Western Conference.
The Nuggets will have to come on strong over the second half of the season to keep intact their string of 10 consecutive playoff appearances, and now they’ll have to do it playing without Gallinari.
NETS ADD GUARD — The Brooklyn Nets acquired guard Marquis Teague from Chicago for Toko Shengelia.
The Bulls announced the move Tuesday after reports surfaced over the weekend.
The 6-foot-9 Shengelia has appeared in 17 games for the Nets this season, averaging 1.5 points in just over eight minutes.
The native of Tbilisi, Georgia, has played in 36 NBA games over two years.
Teague was drafted by the Bulls in the first round (29th overall) in the 2012 draft.
In 68 regular-season games, he has averaged 2.1 points and 1.3 assists per game.
Teague gives Brooklyn another option at point guard, where Deron Williams has been sitting out with ankle problems.