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According to general manager Tim Connelly, the Nuggets could see the return of two significant players — center JaVale McGee and forward Danilo Gallinari — in the next week. McGee has missed 17 consecutive games because of complications to the muscle around his surgically repaired left tibia. He's played in only one of Denver's past 23 games. Gallinari has been out since Dec. 22 because of torn meniscus. Denver Post

December 21, 2014 Updates

The Nuggets have made and fielded calls about trades from across the league. With a roster full of players with tradeable contracts — outside of JaVale McGee's two years at $24 million (including this season) left — it's not difficult to find trade partners. Pretty much every player on the roster has been inquired about multiple times, except McGee, who is now injured. Denver Post

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JaVale McGee's long injury saga has taken yet another negative turn. The Nuggets reserve center is expected to be out a "significant" amount of time after he aggravated a muscle near the tibia in which he had a stress fracture repaired, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said Sunday. "I heard six weeks at one point," Shaw said. "I don't know. I don't think he's anywhere close to coming back right now." Denver Post

December 12, 2014 Updates

"I know the player that I am," he said, "and I know what I can do being 100 percent. It's definitely frustrating." The Nuggets know the feeling. They've received little from their investment, and McGee at the moment gives them no leverage on the trade market. He makes $11 million this season, $12 million next. At this point, even if his health improves, the odds of McGee being more than a functional center appear steeper than the snowy peaks that surround Denver. The stagnation of McGee is partly to blame for the Nuggets being stuck in neutral (45-57 since winning 57 games in 2012-13). NBA.com

December 6, 2014 Updates

The most frustrating part of it all for Nuggets center JaVale McGee is the lingering pain. The pain from his tibia surgery this year refuses to go away, and it's impacting his ability to have an impact on the court. "It's definitely frustrating," McGee said. "Because I know the player that I am. And especially in this system, I know what I can do off being 100 percent. So it's definitely frustrating playing at 85 or 90 percent, when I could be playing at 100." Denver Post

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JaVale McGee tried to save a long rebound after a missed three-pointer by lunging into the first row, and fell down into an empty seat. He planted a kiss on a fan’s cheek before springing back on the court and joining the play. For The Win

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Meanwhile, the Nuggets will get JaVale McGee back, either Wednesday against Portland or at Golden State on Friday. The center has progressed to the point of taking part in full practices the last couple of times out, and he's ready to get back on the court. He said the pain in his left tibia is down to a minimum, and he wants to get a game or two under his belt before the regular season begins. McGee, who has had the added motivation of watching young center Jusuf Nurkic play well in his absence, will participate with a minute restriction, but he'll play. "I'm excited, really excited," McGee said. "It's been a long time since I played in a real game." Denver Post

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