[UPDATE]: Denver Nuggets’ shooting guard Gary Harris will miss the next four to six weeks after encountering a partially torn groin muscle, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical:
Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with a partially torn groin muscle, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) October 5, 2016
According to Harrison Wind of BSN Denver, Denver Nuggets’ head coach Mike Malone said on Wednesday that shooting guard Gary Harris will miss some time with a groin injury. Malone specifically said that he expects Harris to be sidelined for “at least a couple of weeks” after a MRI revealed a strained right groin.
Harris was injured in Monday’s preseason game against the Toronto Raptors. He scored six points in his 10 minutes on the floor before sustaining the injury. The injury figures to open up more preseason minutes for the slew of guards trying to make Denver’s final roster.
The Nuggets have 14 guaranteed salaries on the books for this season and have brought several guards into camp in an attempt to find a 15th man. Nate Wolters, Axel Toupane, JaKarr Sampson, D.J. Kennedy and Robbie Hummel are all vying to land the Nuggets’ final roster spot.
Harris improved vastly last year in his second season as a professional. After shooting just 30 percent from the floor and 20 percent from three-point range as a rookie, the versatile guard connected on nearly 47 percent of his shots last season, including 35 percent from deep. Harris averaged 12.3 points and played 32.3 minutes per game, good for second on the team behind only swing man Danilo Gallinari.
The Nuggets are hopeful that Harris’ groin issue will not linger deep into the regular season. Denver still has seven preseason games to play before the outings start to count on October 26. The Nuggets will start the year on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans before hosting the Portland Trail Blazers on October 29.