According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Golden State Warriors starting center Damian Jones will reportedly have surgery this week on his torn left pectoral.
Warriors center Damian Jones will undergo surgery to repair his torn left pectoral this week, league source tells ESPN. Jones will meet with a specialist in Chicago prior, and they'll have better idea after procedure if he can return late in playoffs — or if he's out for season.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 2, 2018
This is not the first time Jones has dealt with this injury, as stated by The Athletic’s Anthony Slater:
Damian Jones' tore his right pectoral before he was drafted. This is the opposite pectoral, his left. Tore it in June 2016, played again in December. Typically a 6ish month recovery. https://t.co/yBAGLeSl7d
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 2, 2018
Jones’ injury comes at an inopportune time for the Warriors, as Draymond Green is out recovering from a strained right big toe and free-agent signing DeMarcus Cousins not expected to play until at least Christmas as he is working his way back from a torn Achilles he suffered last season.
Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell will likely see increased action and will be relied on to provide some semblance of rim protection that Jones provided.
Jones has started 22 of the 24 games he has appeared in this season and had posted 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and one block in just 17.1 minutes per contest.