SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter is done for the season — and postseason, if that happens — because of his injured left shoulder.
The 20-year-old will undergo a minor surgery to repair damage in his shoulder, according to a source.
Though he won't be available to play again this season, Kanter could be doing basketball-related activities with his shoulder in a month or so. It isn't known, however, how long his rehab will take or when he would be able to play basketball again.
The center is currently in Chicago where he was evaluated for multiple opinions on his injury.
Kanter's shoulder was dislocated in a game against Phoenix on March 27.
Kanter's shoulder was visibly out of place after a scrum with 7-2, 265-pound Suns center Hamed Hammadi. He has not played since then and has kept his left arm in a sling.
Days after suffering the injury, the Turkish big man hinted that he might be out for the year before a recent home game. Despite feeling the pain from his shoulder popping out three days earlier, the amicable Kanter sported his usual cheerful smile prior to the Jazz-Brooklyn game a week ago Saturday.
"I'm just trying to keep myself in shape for summer," Kanter said as he dressed to get in a pregame workout.
When asked a week ago if that meant he's done for the season, the second-year center said he wasn't sure.
"I hope (to return)," Kanter said. "I'm going to come back and help my teammates. It's just so much fun to play with those guys. That's why I just want to come back if I can."
In that interview, Kanter was honest about being upset, especially considering how well he'd been playing and because of the timing during a playoff race.
"It's so frustrating," Kanter said. "I had this feeling for a year in Kentucky. I couldn't play (for eligibility purposes), and I just sit on the bench and now I'm sitting on the bench again. I'm still a mystery man."4 comments on this story
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey would not comment on Kanter's injury situation. In his second season, the 6-foot-11 Kanter averaged 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds. The No. 3 pick of the 2011 draft played a key backup role for the Jazz alongside power forward Derrick Favors.
The Jazz (41-37) have a half-game lead over the Lakers (40-37) heading into tonight's home showdown with the Thunder (56-21).
Utah only has three more games remaining, but will qualify for the playoffs with a combination of four Jazz wins and Laker losses.