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Gary Harris won’t play in Nuggets’ preseason opener vs. Lakers due to hamstring injury

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Denver Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris will not play Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers in the team’s preseason opener due to a hamstring injury. Nuggets head coach Michael Malone is not sure who will start in Harris’ place.

Harris, 24, played in 67 games last season. The sharpshooter averaged 17.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 39.6 percent from the 3-point line, and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line. He signed a four-year, $84 million deal with the Nuggets in the summer of 2017.

Thanks to that contract and his strong play, Harris has established himself as one of the key members of Denver’s young core. A recent report suggested he, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray are untouchable in any potential trade talks.

The Nuggets are likely being cautious with Harris when it comes to this hamstring injury. He’s a terrific player in the league and doesn’t really need the reps in the preseason. Harris and Murray are expected to take the next step this season and propel Denver to the playoffs. The Nuggets lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves on the last day of the season in 2017-18 and missed the 2018 postseason.