Multiple Nuggets remain sidelined for the foreseeable future.
There is still no timetable for the return of Denver rookie Michael Porter Jr. and guard Isaiah Thomas, according to a report from The Athletic. Both players have yet to appear in a game this season.
“As much as I love our team now … we have a chance to be a special team when we get everybody healthy,” Denver coach Michael Malone said, via The Athletic. “Whenever that is.”
Porter is recovering from back surgery he underwent in mid-July. The forward, who was also hampered by back injuries while at Missouri last season, has participated recently in some noncontact parts of practice, Malone told reporters Wednesday.
“The guy has a pure jump shot,” Malone told The Athletic. “You forget how long he is. When we do ballhandling and finishing drills, you see his handle and ability to finish, and it’s impressive. When we do shooting drills and you see his stroke and how pure it is. It’s really encouraging.”
Thomas had offseason hip surgery before signing a one-year, $2 million veteran’s minimum deal with Denver in July.
“I know that he’s making progress,” Malone said. “I think if you go back to when we signed him last summer, I don’t think any of us envisioned it going into being as late as it is. All you can ask from Isaiah is to continue to work hard, which he is, make strides to get back and make improvements.
“But there is still no definite timeline as to, ‘He’ll be back in the next two weeks.’ We don’t have that. He’s making progress; he’s getting better. Hopefully, that means he’ll be able to join us in the near future.”
The Nuggets will host the Bulls on Thursday. They’ll enter that matchup with a 29-14 record.