Following multiple medical consultations, Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic underwent a successful surgical procedure on Tuesday morning to repair a ruptured scapholunate ligament in his right wrist. The procedure was performed at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson.
It’s not yet clear how long Bogdanovic’s recovery will take.
The current NBA season is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, and how it will be concluded remains unknown. But Bogdanovic isn’t expected to play until 2020-21.
Per the Deseret News, “the scapholunate ligament is the main ligament in the wrist that couples extension and the side-to-side motion of the wrist. “It’s probably the most important ligament in the wrist and the most commonly injured one,” said Dr. David Clark Hay, the orthopedic hand and wrist surgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, who has long worked with professional athletes and is the hand surgery consultant to the Anaheim Ducks.”
In his first season with the Jazz, the sixth-year forward was averaging a career-high 20.2 points on 44.7 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from downtown, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in a career-high 33.1 minutes per contest. Bogdanovic has played in 63 games during the 2019-20 season (all starts) and is one of only two players in the NBA this season to average 20 points, 40 percent from the three-point line and 90 percent from the free-throw line.
After standing out in Europe for half a decade and spending the past five years in the NBA, Bogdanovic signed with the Jazz in July 2019.