Knee injury sidelines Nuggets’ Martin

Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin(notes) has a partial tear of his left patella tendon, and surgery is among the treatment options being considered, NBA sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Martin was scratched from Friday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers and the Nuggets will use the next 48 hours to decide on a treatment plan. Rest, therapeutic injections and surgery are among the options that could be used to treat an injury commonly referred to as “jumper’s knee.”

The Nuggets publicly announced only that Martin is suffering from chronic left knee patella tendinitis. On Friday evening, the team listed his playing status as day-to-day.

Martin has battled pain in his left knee for the past two months. He aggravated the condition when he banged his knee in a Jan. 20 game against the Golden State Warriors and has missed three games over the past four weeks. He underwent an MRI on Thursday after experiencing pain following Wednesday’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Martin has dealt with knee problems throughout his career, including microfracture surgery to both knees.

Martin is averaging 11.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks through 55 games this season. If he is sidelined for an extended period, the Nuggets have starting center Nene and big men Chris Andersen(notes), Malik Allen(notes) and Johan Petro(notes) to replace him.

The Nuggets unsuccessfully tried to acquire Tyrus Thomas(notes) before the trade deadline, but the Chicago Bulls instead sent him to the Charlotte Bobcats. The Nuggets also were unsuccessful in their attempts to land Antonio McDyess(notes) from the San Antonio Spurs.

Mark Blount(notes) and Mikki Moore(notes) are among the free-agent big men still available. Among the Development League players with NBA experience the Nuggets could consider are Rob Kurz(notes), Earl Barron(notes), Dwayne Jones(notes) and Paul Davis(notes). Denver currently has two roster spots open.

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Updated Friday, Mar 5, 2010