Jazz forward Malik Fitts will be sidelined for the foreseeable future, according to Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune (Twitter link), who says the former Saint Mary’s standout has been diagnosed with a fractured right wrist.
Fitts hasn’t been a regular part of Utah’s rotation this season, having logged just 14 minutes in six games entering last Friday’s contest in Toronto. With a depleted roster, the Jazz leaned on Fitts for a rotation role in that game vs. the Raptors and he responded with six points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes. However, he also sustained his right wrist injury.
Now that X-rays have confirmed Fitts’ wrist is fractured, he’s wearing a hard cast and will be out for at least four weeks, Walden says. The four-week mark is when the 24-year-old will be reevaluated and will have his status updated by the Jazz, so his absence could extend well beyond that date.
Fitts, who was on a two-way contract, won’t have much of a role once the Jazz get healthier, but he could have seen more minutes in the short term with several players sidelined due to injuries or positive COVID-19 tests, so the injury is an unfortunate turn of events for the second-year pro.