Report: Nuggets first-rounder Tyler Lydon out for rest of season

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Donovan Mitchell is dazzling for the Jazz, making the Nuggets’ draft-night trade look worse.

This won’t help.

Denver traded down from No. 13 to No. 24, allowing Utah to get Mitchell. The Nuggets netted Trey Lyles, who’s quietly having a career year, in the deal. But Lydon has been mostly limited to the NBA’s minor league, and now, he won’t even play there.

Nuggets:

Tyler Lydon has undergone successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The surgery was performed by UCHealth surgeon Dr. Armando Vidal. The injury occurred Wednesday, January 24th while the Rio Grande Valley Vipers were playing the Iowa Wolves in the NBA G League.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Denver Nuggets rookie forward Tyler Lydon will miss four months after surgery on his left knee on Friday, league sources told ESPN.

Denver won’t miss Lydon this season. Not only did he not look ready to contribute to a playoff team’s rotation, the Nuggets are overloaded with power forwards (Paul Millsap, Lyles, Kenneth Faried, Juan Hernangomez, Darrell Arthur), and centers Nikola Jokic and Mason Plumlee often share the court.

But this is valuable developmental time lost for Lydon. He needs to fill out and gain a better defensive feel.

All the while, it’s hard not to notice what Mitchell is doing in Utah.

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