Jazz guard Raul Neto has been diagnosed with a fractured left wrist after undergoing an MRI today, the team announced in a press release. No formal timetable has been set for Neto’s return to the court, but he’ll be re-evaluated in two weeks, according to the Jazz.
It’s the latest injury for a player who has been plagued by health problems over the last two seasons. After appearing in just 40 games last season, Neto has played in 39 in 2017/18, having been slowed at various times by a concussion and by ankle and knee issues.
When has has played, Neto has been solid in a part-time role for the Jazz, posting 4.6 PPG and 1.8 APG in 12.3 minutes per contest. Utah has performed well when the 25-year-old has been in the lineup — the club has a 27-12 record in those 39 games, and has won 17 in a row when Neto has played.
With Neto sidelined and fellow point guard Dante Exum still on the shelf too, Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell figure to handle point guard duties in Utah, with Alec Burks as a backup option. The Jazz also have an open roster spot, so they could sign a player to a 10-day contract or rest-of-season deal if they have any depth concerns.