Jones (pectoral) is expected to be cleared for contact within a week, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
This is a significant step in the right direction for Jones, who the Warriors initially expected to remain out through the end of the postseason. The big man will likely have to log a few practices before being cleared for any game action, but if the Warriors advance to the Western Conference Finals, and beyond, it now looks as though Jones could be back in the mix at some point.
Jones (pectoral) is unlikely to return before season ends, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.
There was hope that Jones would be able to return to the lineup sometime in May (if the Warriors were to make it that far), but for now, the hope seems highly unachievable. Coach Steve Kerr mentioned that he is happy with the way Jones has been progressing in rehab so far, but nevertheless, Jones has still not been cleared to resume contact drills yet. Jones hasn't played since putting up nine points back on Dec. 9.
Though Slater notes that Jones is "rehabbing well" from surgery to repair the torn pectoral he suffered in December, the center's timetable for a return remains fairly open-ended. When Jones previously suffered the same injury as a rookie, he needed around five months to recover, so a May comeback would represent a similar timeline. Regardless, with Jones not expected back until the postseason, the Warriors will likely look to the buyout market in the next two weeks to fortify their depth in the frontcourt.
Jones underwent surgery on his torn left pectoral muscle Saturday and will begin rehab in six weeks.
With Jones not scheduled to begin rehab for another six weeks, it seems very unlikely that the big man will be able to make a return during the regular season. This is the second time that Jones has suffered a torn pectoral muscle, and the injury required a five-month recovery period the last time it happened. Kevin Looney and Jordan Bell will continue splitting minutes at center until DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) is able to make his Warriors debut.
Jones is expected to require surgery to address the torn left pectoral muscle he sustained in Saturday's 111-102 loss to the Pistons but will meet with a specialist in Chicago before a decision on that front is made, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The Warriors haven't clarified a timeline for Jones' recovery beyond coach Steve Kerr indicating the center would be sidelined "for a long time." Jones previously suffered a torn right pectoral muscle during a workout prior to the 2016 NBA Draft, with the injury requiring surgery that required a five-month recovery period. If surgery is needed again and a similar timeline is required, Jones would be sidelined until at least May, ending any chance of returning before the end of the regular season. With Jones out indefinitely and Draymond Green (toe) on track to miss at least three more games, Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell should absorb most of the minutes at center. The 6-foot-10 Jonas Jerebko also offers a small-ball option at the position.
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