Apr 4, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) is helped off the court by center Timofey Mozgov (right) and forward Quincy Miller (left) after injuring his knee during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets: Danilo Gallinari To Return By December?

Danilo Gallinari’s season with the Denver Nuggets ended early, as he tore his ACL and missed out on the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Recently it was reported that he did not suffer a complete ACL tear, and that he could be back on the court sooner than expected. Does December sound soon enough?

According to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post, Gallinari could indeed return in 2013:

Gallinari, who underwent knee surgery at the end of the season, had been projected by the Nuggets to miss half of the 2013-14 season. But Gallo posted a video on his official Facebook page Friday in Italian, and in the video Gallo said his left ACL wasn’t torn and his recovery time will be “completely different” than previously reported, according to the Italian journalist Davide Chinellato. He is a writer for Italian La Gazzetta dello Sport and translated Gallo’s video and posted the quotes on Twitter).

Hochman also says that, according to league sources, Gallinari could be back in the Nuggets’ lineup by December, as opposed to the February of 2014 which was initially reported.

This is obviously terrific news for Nuggets fans, who have had little to cheer for in the last couple of weeks, as Masai Ujiri, George Karl and Pete D’Alessandro have all departed from the organization.

Gallinari averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assist per game last season.

Tags: Danilo Gallinari Denver Nuggets