Nuggets’ Bol Bol undergoes right foot surgery following voided trade

Nuggets forward Bol Bol underwent right foot surgery on Tuesday following his voided trade to Detroit last week. He’ll be out indefinitely, the team said.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said at Tuesday’s practice that the decision came down to Bol and his agent.

“Bol, his representation, once that trade was rescinded because of the failed physical, they felt that it was in his best interest to have the surgery and to address why that physical was failed,” Malone said. “And that’s the decision that him and his representatives made. I wish Bol a speedy recovery.”

Bol, who was largely injury-free since being drafted by the Nuggets in 2019, had left foot surgery during his lone season at Oregon.

The Nuggets agreed to trade Bol to the Pistons for Rodney McGruder and a second-round pick, but the deal was voided after Bol failed the physical.

The Nuggets were taken aback at Detroit’s conclusion, a source said.

When asked about the voided trade, Malone said last week, “We feel he’s healthy.”

The discrepancy is significant and speaks to Bol’s decision to undergo surgery. Bol hasn’t been with the team since the deal was voided.

The bizarre saga has put an odd twist on Bol’s career in Denver. The Nuggets would’ve been open to him returning to the organization, going to the G League, playing well and showing he was healthy. Instead, he’ll undergo his second foot surgery as he heads into restricted free agency this offseason.

Reinforcements are here: Austin Rivers returned to practice on Tuesday after missing the last two games due to a non-COVID illness, and the Nuggets recalled Markus Howard from the G League. JaMychal Green remains in the health and safety protocols.

Reinforcements, even on the margins, can be significant, especially after Bones Hyland played 37 minutes in Sunday’s loss to Utah.

“Just having Austin and Markus back, two more guys that are NBA players that we can throw out there,” Malone said. “Some days I walk in the locker room, like, ‘Who the (heck) do we have today?’”

Trade season: The recent conversations between Malone and Nuggets president Tim Connelly have revolved around the Bol situation, but that doesn’t mean conversations about potential upgrades are far off. With the NBA trade deadline about three weeks away, Malone said he and Connelly would be doing fans a disservice if potential deals weren’t being discussed.

One obstacle thus far has simply been the team’s health. Malone said it’s been hard to gauge what the Nuggets look like at full strength due to injuries and COVID protocols. That being said, Connelly may have to operate with less than perfect information.

The Post have been scouring the league for improvements on the wing, sources said.

“I don’t anticipate anything crazy happening, if it happens at all,” Malone said. “We have some time before that deadline comes.”

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