While Danilo Gallinari won't be playing any games for the Nuggets this season as he rehabs from his ACL reconstructive surgery, according to Dempsey, Gallinari thinks he will be ready by the start of the 2014-15 training camp.
However, according to Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post on June 14 last year, there was a possibility that Gallinari would be back by December when he went through the healing response procedure.
We don't know when he will be ready to go, but it's obviously important that he fully recovers from his injury before returning. At the same time, Denver needs its starting small forward, who scored 16.2 points in the 2012-13 season.
16.0 MPG, 7.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.4 BPG
From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, JaVale McGee may join the list of Nuggets players who are sidelined for the reminder of the season. He's been resting a stress fracture in his left leg and has only played in five games.
Considering that he and Gallinari are both getting paid eight figures this season, via Basketball Insiders, this is a big disappointment for the Nuggets. McGee was one of the primary players that Shaw wanted to improve and develop as the season progressed, per NBA.com's Jeff Caplan.
Unfortunately for Denver, after a solid preseason, McGee got off to a slow start, and it appears the stress fracture was the reason. While many NBA fans miss his frequent appearances on "Shaqtin' A Fool," his energy and vigorous playmaking would give the struggling Nuggets a boost.
19.7 MPG, 10.4 PPG, 2.5 APG, 0.8 SPG
When Andre Miller decided to go on his huge rant at Shaw during the home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, some may have taken it as a blessing in disguise. It allowed Robinson to become the primary backup to Lawson, and the Nuggets started playing faster and winning games against better teams.
Robinson was finding a groove as a sixth man, but if you include the game against the Charlotte Bobcats when he went down with his ACL injury, the Nuggets have lost six of their last eight.
In a sense, Robinson was the motor off the bench, much like McGee was last season. Now, Denver has no consistency off the bench.
19.0 MPG, 5.9 PPG, 3.3 APG, 0.5 SPG
As Wojnarowski addressed back on Jan. 2 shortly after Miller's dispute with Shaw, the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors were interested in acquiring Denver's point guard. Zach Lowe at Grantland says the Washington Wizards could acquire him, but the teams are struggling to find a trade that works with matching salaries.
While multiple teams can take Miller off Denver's hands, according to the CJ and Les Show Twitter account at ESPN Denver, Miller has been working out at the Nuggets facility and trying to solve the issue.
Six weeks have passed since the incident. I believe there is a greater chance Miller gets moved before the trade deadline, perhaps packaged with another player.
Whatever that trade is, Denver needs to get a backup point guard in return.
The Nuggets have committed 19.4 turnovers in their last seven games. To put that in perspective, the 76ers turn it over an NBA-worst 17.2 times, while the Warriors are second-worst at 15.8.
It's still shocking that a veteran like Miller would lose his temper in the first place, even if he was going to not play by the coach's decision for the first time in his career. He's a competitive guy who wants to win, but there was never a doubt the start of this season would be a transition, and he should have handled it better.
Despite doing some positive things earlier in the year, when you pull a stunt like that, you flunk.