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Warriors’ Damian Jones will be cleared for contact next week

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The Golden State Warriors have cleared center Damian Jones for contact next week.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr also added it’s possible Jones could suit up for playoff action later on, per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Jones suffered a torn left pectoral muscle during Golden State’s 111-102 road loss to the Detroit Pistons on December 2, 2018.

Back then, Kerr told Wojnarowski it would be “a matter of months” for Jones to recover from his injury.

It’s going to be a matter of months. So it’s a tough blow for him. He’s been playing so much and progressing and learning so much and we have been excited about his growth. It’s a big setback for him and us.

Jones underwent successful surgery in Chicago on December 8, per The Associated Press (via ESPN). Dr. Benjamin Domb performed the surgery. Doctors pegged Jones’ rehab six weeks after the procedure.

This is the second time Jones sustained a similar injury. According to Wojnarowski, he “tore his right pectoral muscle in June 2016 coming out of Vanderbilt and missed six months.”

Golden State could use some depth at center in their intense playoff battle against the Houston Rockets.

DeMarcus Cousins is unlikely to return to postseason action following a left quadriceps injury he sustained against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round. Andrew Bogut is carrying a heavier load at the 5 spot in his absence.

Prior to his injury, the 23-year-old Jones averaged 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 24 games for the Warriors.