SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz announced Tuesday that starting guard Alec Burks will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for an injured shoulder.
Burks has missed the last two games of the season due to a left shoulder injury, and Tuesday the team issued a press release stating Burks will undergo a surgical repair to that shoulder on Wednesday.
The release states Burks will, “miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season. He is expected to be ready for the start of 2015 Jazz training camp.”
The surgery will be performed by Jazz orthapaedic team physician Travis Maak on Wednesday at University of Utah Hospital.
Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey spoke about Burks prognosis.
“Alec’s long-term health has been our top priority throughout this process, and although it is unfortunate that we will be without his services on the court the rest of this season, we commend Alec’s commitment and continued effort to play through considerable pain to this point,” he stated in the press release. “After continued consultation with our medical staff, Alec and his representation, we have unanimously agreed that it would be most prudent for Alec to have this procedure performed now in order to ensure that he will be healthy and ready for the start of next season.”
The press release provided the following statistics regarding Burks play this season: “The 23-year-old Burks (6-6, 211, Colorado) appeared in 27 games (all starts) with the Jazz this season, averaging 13.9 points and career-highs of 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 33.3 minutes. He also was shooting a career-high .382 from three-point range and .822 from the line while scoring in double figures in 22 of 27 games, reaching 20-plus points four times, and registered his first two career double-doubles. Prior to missing the last two games, Burks had seen action in 105 of a possible 111 games over the past two seasons, including 78 games in 2013-14. The fourth-year guard was originally selected by the Jazz in the first round (12th overall selection) of the 2011 NBA Draft.”