The Utah Jazz entered the offseason with the idea of being conservative. From this perspective, his summer can be considered a success having retained Mike Conley on an extension offer, saving Derrick Favors salary and bringing Hassan Whiteside in his place and keeping the rest of the rotation hard core despite the rumors. . But if there is a movement that could break with the tonic of the team and suppose a substantial improvement, that was the signing of Rudy Gay for 12 million dollars and two seasons. Unfortunately, the Jazz face the season with worse news than they can extract from their market, as Bojan Bogdanovic and Rudy Gay himself will miss the entire preseason at least.
Gay dragged the ailment for months although it allowed him to continue playing, but at the end of the season he himself decided to undergo surgery to nip the problem in the bud. In principle it was a minor operation, but his recovery has taken longer than expected. Eric Walden, journalist from The Salt Lake Tribune, indicates that Rudy Gay will not be able to play a minute of the training camp and that he is expected to return during the first weeks of official competition.
Bogdanovic’s case is somewhat different. The Croatian forward suffers a slight shoulder pain that does not even prevent him from playing. In fact, the same source points out that within the dynamics of the regular season, the player would play games while recovering. However, Bogdanovic and the medical staff have preferred to be cautious and take advantage of friendly matches to let the injury heal completely. The Utah Jazz debut on October 20 against the Oklahoma City Thunder and everything indicates that Bojan Bogdanovic will play and Rudy Gay will be ruled out.
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