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Juancho Hernangomez undergoes core muscle surgery

Juancho Hernangomez, Nuggets

Denver Nuggets forward Juancho Hernangomez underwent successfull core surgery on Thursday, according to a report from Mike Singer of the Denver Post.

Hernangomez, now 23 years of age, began to experience abdominal pain near the midway point of the 2018-19 campaign. He managed to play through most of it, but his production took a bit of a hit as a result. He also dealt with a groin injury for portions of this season.

“He’s definitely dealing with some injuries right now,” Nuggets head coach Mike Malone told Harrison Wind in January. “If it gets to a point where we have to shut him down for a little bit, we’ll do so. As of right now, our training staff thinks it’s something he can play with.”

Hernangomez made 70 appearances with the Nuggets during the 2018-19 regular season (25 starts), racking up averages of 5.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting from the field (36.5 percent from beyond the arc), 3.8 rebounds and just under one assist (0.8) in 19.4 minutes per outing.

The Nuggets have not released an official timetable for Hernangomez’s return. Hopefully, he’ll be back on the court sooner rather than later.

In other Nuggets injury-related news, Michael Porter Jr. has stated that he is going to play in this year’s Summer League tournament. Denver selected Porter with the 14th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, knowing that he was still recovering from a back injury. He missed all of his rookie season in the league due to the ailment, but it sounds like he’s on the path to recovery.