The basketball Gods may be angry at the Utah Jazz for some reason. After losing Gordon Hayward in free agency, they have dealt with multiple injuries to Rudy Gobert, Joe Johnson, Rodney Hood and now Thabo Sefolosha.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Sefolosha may require season-ending surgery to repair his MCL after an injury suffered over the weekend.
Here is an excerpt from Tony Jones piece in the Tribune:
“Starting forward Thabo Sefolosha has suffered an MCL injury and could be lost for the remainder of the season, sources tell The Tribune. According to sources, Sefolosha and his camp are seeking additional opinions. A final decision is likely to be made in the coming days, but the end result is like to be surgery on his right knee, which could put him out for at least six months, sources say.”
This would be a big blow to the Jazz as Sefolosha has been their starting small forward, averaging 8.2 points and 4.5 points in 21.1 minutes per game.
What people don’t see is his valuable leadership behind the scenes and according to NBA.com, the Jazz are a plus-4.9 net rating with the veteran on the floor this season and minus-4.6 without him.
At this point, the Jazz may as well go with a full on youth movement and allow themselves to fall a little more in the standings for a better pick in what looks to be a loaded draft near the top.