After a loss to the Clippers Sunday, Jazz coach Quin Snyder sounded like a guy just desperate to get his team — and his best offensive weapons — healthy. Gordon Hayward is out a few more weeks with a broken finger, and the Jazz are struggling to create good looks.
Now Alec Burks is out indefinitely.
He has had ankle issues that have sidelined him through camp, and Tuesday he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair that ankle, the team announced. From the press release:
Following multiple medical consultations, Burks underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure Tuesday to debride his left ankle. The procedure was performed in New York City by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley.
Burks will return to Salt Lake City to begin his rehabilitation and will remain out indefinitely.
This is his third surgery on that ankle/foot. Burks played in just 31 games last season and 27 the season before.
He could be a good scoring guard off the bench — he scored 13.3 points per game a career-best 40.5 percent from three when he did play last season. On a team lacking scoring punch, he could provide needed depth behind Rodney Hood at the two.
But this is the third straight season racked by injuries. It feels like his career is reaching a crossroads.