Nuggets fans have been hoping that Jamal Murray will make a strong comeback this season and lift the team to another deep postseason run.
However, it’s not even certain Murray will play this season, Mike Singer of the Denver Post reports. Citing two league sources, Singer writes that it’s a 50-50 proposition Murray will take the court this season and that the decision might ultimately be made by the point guard himself.
Murray tore the ACL in his left knee last April and he’s continued to get treatment, test his knee and see how it reacts. The next steps include playing 3-on-3 and 4-on-4, improving his conditioning and getting his heart rate up.
He had been averaging 21.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 40.8 percent from beyond the arc prior to his injury.
Murray and Michael Porter Jr., who is recovering from another back surgery, could be assigned as soon as this coming week to their G League affiliate in Grand Rapids. Porter has been through lengthy rehabs before but this is new territory for Murray and the Nuggets are not sure if he’s mentally ready to play at this juncture, Singer adds.
The Nuggets currently sit sixth in the West with a 40-27 record.