Nene missed most of training camp because of contract negotiations and has battled injuries this winter, appearing in only 23 of the Nuggets’ 33 games

George Karl said getting Nene back to speed "might not even happen this year."

Nene is averaging 30.6 minutes, 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds.

"His conditioning, being out this long, how we keep him in shape and how we get him to be a 35-minute player might not happen," Karl said. "We might just have to rotate and play the big guys. It's actually been pretty fluid the past few games."