SALT LAKE CITY—For a few years running now, the Utah Jazz have been beset by injury, so perhaps it should come as little surprise that there’s already a player sidelined before training camp even begins on Tuesday.
On Monday morning prior to the Jazz’s annual preseason media day, the team announced that Raul Neto suffered a right hamstring injury and would be reevaluated in two weeks.
When it was his turn at the podium Monday, Neto said the hamstring pull occurred this past week during a game of pickup. Given the historical difficulty of treating hamstring injuries, Neto did not commit when asked if he thinks he’ll be healthy by the beginning of the regular season on Oct. 17.1 comment on this story
This injury is the latest setback for the Brazilian, who missed half of the 2017-2018 regular season because of a variety of unrelated injuries. He re-signed with Utah over the summer on a two-year, $4.4 million contract.
Neto said he tried over the summer to get better in a variety of areas as he aims to compete for playing time in a rather crowded Jazz backcourt.
“That’s what I’ve been doing since I got here,” he said of competing.
Last season, Neto averaged 4.5 points, 1.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game.