Could Bones Hyland be on his way out of Denver?

Jan 24, 2023, 2:40 PM | Updated: 3:38 pm

On Twitter a few days ago, Bones Hyland tweeted “Chin up. Chest out. Whatever you want me (to) go through God let’s do it. I Appreciate you in advance (fingers crossed emoji).”

What? What? What!

The dynamo crowd favorite of the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets has been struggling on the court and now appears to be going through something else. The story on Bones is magnificent. The odds he has overcome to get to where he is right now is the stuff of movies and legend. MILE HIGH CITY BABY!!!! is a calling card that resonates with young and old alike. So, why is he THE most likeliest Nugget to get dealt?

Sadly, Bones doesn’t fit on this team anymore. The inevitable resurgence of Jamal Murray has left Bizzy—bored.

Head coach Michael Malone has tried everything possible to make these two work together, but it’s oil and water. Bizzy is a lightning bug setting a dark sky on fire, whereas Murray is coldly calculated in his sometimes deliberate dealings. Murray recently joked that he could play a two-man game with Jokic for a full 48 minutes and that would be just fine.

How exactly does Bones fit in? Well…he doesn’t.

Hyland’s numbers haven’t taken the jump many thought they would in his second season. Per 100 possessions Hyland’s scoring is only up four points from his rookie season and his assists are only up a blimp and his rebounds are down while his field goal percentage is the exact same.

And now we have some official drama.

With 9:45 left in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets Sunday night two point loss to the Thunder, Bones got benched after a scoreless performance. He wasn’t happy. He left the bench for the locker room and according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post was trailed by a trainer. What happened at that point is anybody’s guess. What didn’t happen was a return to the bench.

Bones OUT!

He was nowhere to be seen in the game or after the game. But, he did make the road trip to New Orleans, although he missed a team shoot around this week as well. Perhaps, he truly is injured and needs time to heal. But, the recent lack of productivity on the court, his severe lack of defensive ability, teemed with lousy body language and a strange late-game disappearance may make for a logical conclusion that a fan favorite may need to be traded not only for the betterment of the team but also for the betterment of the Bones.



LeBron James...

Jake Shapiro

LeBron James has whiny meltdown about refs after Lakers collapse

Lebron James' Lakers didn't look at themselves after blowing a 20-point lead in a loss to the Denver Nuggets—nope, they blamed the NBA refs.

2 hours ago

Jamal Murray buzzer beater...

Jake Shapiro

Murray Magic: Jamal breaks Lakers heart at the buzzer

Jamal Murray went magic at the buzzer, hitting a side-stepping mid-range shot over a starring Anthony Davis to complete a 20-point comeback

3 hours ago

Michael Malone...

James Merilatt

Malone’s high-wire act with bench will determine Nuggets fate

Game 1 against the Lakers provided a prime example of how Michael Malone is going to have to walk a tightrope throughout the postseason

22 hours ago

Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets pts up a shot against Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles La...

Jake Shapiro

Gru’s Your Daddy: Nikola Jokic makes the Lakers his Minions again

Nikola Jokic, played the hero of Gru for the Denver Nuggets again as he villainized the Los Angeles Lakers for a ninth-straight victory

2 days ago

Aaron Gordon, Anthony Davis, Nuggets, Lakers...

Jake Shapiro

Nuggets use massive run to topple scrappy Lakers in Game 1

It was another back-and-forth game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets, but the Mile High City crew pulled away to win Game 1

2 days ago

Nikola Jokic trailer...

Will Petersen

Nikola Jokic is a star in hilarious movie trailer for “Despicable Me 4”

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is becoming more comfortable being an NBA star, and a new movie trailer that dropped on Saturday is hilarious

3 days ago

Could Bones Hyland be on his way out of Denver?