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Danilo Gallinari out for season with ankle injury

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Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post reported that the Denver Nuggets 27-year-old small forward will not return this season, confirming what many fans already knew was a reality.

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Danilo Gallinari will not return this season, with the Nuggets deciding to have the talented small forward sit out for the remainder of the season, according to reports.

The announcement means that Gallinari will finish another season on the injury report, and will finish the season with 1,839 minutes in 53 games this season. The Nuggets leading scorer on a per game basis has been inactive since injuring his ankle in a game on the road against the Dallas Mavericks.

The update wasn't a surprise, but it is another disappointing end to the season for the Nuggets Italian Stallion. Gallinari is under contract next season for $15,050,000, according to Basketball Insiders, and has a $16,100,000 player option for the 2017-18 season.

Gallinari entered the league in 2008-09, and has played in more than 70 games in a season twice. He missed the 2013-14 season while recovering from a torn ACL ended his season in 2012-13.

When healthy, Gallinari is one of the Nuggets best players. The team values his leadership, experience, as well as his on-court contributions.

"I love Denver and I want to stay here as long as I can," Gallinari said after he signed a contract extension with the Nuggets recently. "I would like to finish my career here."