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Warriors’ Damian Jones to miss 5-6 months after undergoing pectoral surgery

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Golden State Warriors center Damian Jones is slated to miss the next five to six months after undergoing successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn left pectoral muscle suffered during Saturday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell.

Jones is expected to get started on his rehabilitation in six weeks, according to the team, making a return for the playoffs a rather unlikely ask, given the stakes and the level of conditioning he needs to be at.

Fourth-year player Kevon Looney has taken the mantle as the team’s starter at center, while Jordan Bell gets a split of the backup minutes in his absence.

The Warriors will get All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins back from an Achilles injury in the near future, as the big man has already been a full participant in five-on-five drills and scrimmages, likely only needing the finishing touches on his conditioning before making his season debut.

Looney will slide back to the bench once Cousins returns, but will still log the bulk of the minutes as the primary big man reserve, while Bell’s role will be much diminished after showing plenty of apprehension finishing at the rim and taking a massive step back from his rookie season.

Out of the three other centers on the team, Damian Jones is the only one signed past this season, which makes him a significant cog moving forward, whether he can return at the end of this season or not.