Golden State Warriors starting center Damian Jones will reportedly undergo surgery this week on his torn left pectoral, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Per that report, “Jones will meet with a specialist in Chicago prior, and they’ll have [a] better idea after [the] procedure if he can return late in playoffs—or if he’s out for season.”
Jones, 23, has started 22 games and appeared in 24 overall for the Warriors this season, averaging 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and one block in 17.1 minutes per contest. While the Warriors often employ a small-ball lineup through games, Jones has given them a solid option at center.
His loss comes at a tough time for the Warriors, with Draymond Green still recovering from a strained big toe on his right foot and DeMarcus Cousins out of action until at least Christmas as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles.
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Cousins is on pace to return this season, however, with head coach Steve Kerr saying Sunday the star center would “fully take part in every practice that we have this week,” per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com.
In the short term, however, Jones’ injury leaves the Warriors without a true rim-protector, with Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell perhaps in line to receive a bigger role going forward.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters Sunday that Jones would be “out for a long time,” though he did not publicly confirm the surgery.
“It is going to be a matter of months,” Kerr said. “So it is a tough blow for him. He’s been playing so much and progressing and learning so much and we have been excited about his growth. It’s a big setback for him and for us.
“We are going to bring Marcus Derrickson up for the rest of the trip. And we will check on our options.”