The Utah Jazz haven’t played a game since March but that isn’t stopping them from taking L’s in the meantime. Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Utah Jazz forward and prized offseason signing Bojan Bogdanovic will undergo surgery on his right wrist. He sustained the injury back on January 6th when the Utah Jazz played the New Orleans Pelicans. He had been playing through it but the pain just got to be too much.
This would have been handled sooner but elective surgeries were not allowed for a long period of time in most places. The Jazz training staff had periodic check-ins with Bogdanovic during the break according to Eric Walden of the Trib but it wasn’t until his latest check up that the Jazz decided it wasn’t in Bojan’s best interest to play through it.
Even more impressive is Bojan still shot 46% from the field, 41% from three, and 92% from the line while averaging 19.4 points a game WITH AN INJURED WRIST.
According to Eric Walden, Bojan will undergo surgery tomorrow morning in New York.
Jazz say Bojan Bogdanovic injured a ligmament sometime in 2019 and has been getting periodic check-ups from doctors ever since. He will undergo surgery tomorrow morning in New York.— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) May 18, 2020
This will prevent Bogdanovic from being available until the beginning of next season if it does start on time in October. It is still unknown if the NBA will be returning anytime soon to finish the season or carry out the playoffs. If it does return soon, the Utah Jazz will have to find a way to fill in for Bogdanovic who was averaging 20 points a game on 40% from three and 90% from the line. That’s a huge hole to fill.
Georges Niang, Juwan Howard, and Jarrell Brantley will be the ones who have to step up in the meantime if the season returns.
There’s another scenario to Bojan’s returning timetable. It’s possible the NBA does not return to finish the season until the October/November time frame. If that were to happen, Utah would get a healthy Bojan just in time for a restarted season. The injury is not season ending as we literally don’t know if there is a season right now. The season could have already ended, we just don’t know.
Here’s to hoping Bojan Bogdanovic is able to return to his near All-Star levels when healthy. Good luck, Bojan! We’re rooting for you.