Nuggets' Paul Millsap needs wrist surgery, could miss 3 months

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Under his previous diagnosis it could sideline him for two-to-three months if he chooses surgery, which could set his return until after the All-Star break by opting to go under the knife.

On Wednesday, the Nuggets said "additional evaluation and consultation is ongoing to determine the best course of medical care" to fix Millsap's injured left wrist ligament. Along with Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Jamal Murray, Millsap helped form a balanced offensive attack under head coach Mike Malone that now ranks No. 8 in the National Basketball Association in points per game. He missed the second half of that game as well as the Nuggets' win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday.

As aptly pointed out by The Ringer, Millsap has played a huge role in Denver's success this season. He played 13 minutes against Los Angeles before leaving the game.

Millsap - who signed a three-year, $90 million contract with Denver over the summer, after spending seven seasons with the Jazz and Hawks - is averaging 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds a game.

Kenneth Faried will likely step in as the starting power forward if Millsap does indeed miss an extended amount of time. Standing at 10-7, the Nuggets have started well enough to be considered playoff contenders.

There were big sighs of relief in Denver when Paul Millsaps' X-rays on his injured wrist came back negative.

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