The Utah Jazz received some terrible news Tuesday when it was revealed that forward Josh Howard will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee, according to a report from David Locke, the Jazz’s radio announcer. Howard is in his final year of his contract.
However, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel. Howard tells Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune that he has not given up all hope. Howard is going for a second opinion on his knee and he is diagnosing that he will only be out about four to six weeks at the most.
Smith tweets that the Jazz still expect him to be lost for the year.
With free agency in Howard’s rear-view mirror, he has said in the past that he will consider the Jazz when it comes to picking a team to sign with.
The Jazz signed Howard to a one-year deal this season. Prior to that he had been with the Dallas Mavericks for eight and a half seasons before being traded to the Washington Wizards. This year, he has played in 41 games for Utah averaging 8.7 points per game and has started every game since the All-Star break.
Luckily for Howard, if he does come back he is likely to have a roster spot and will not be forced to fight for one. GM Kevin O’Connor said that they are not going to add a player this season due to the empty roster spot. Whether or not this is wishful thinking on O’Connor’s part is not so hard to come by. He may want to rethink that if Howard is confirmed to be out for the year.
Utah is 24-22 this season and sit only a half-game behind the Houston Rockets for the last playoff spot.
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