Rudy Gay Out Two Weeks With Finger Injury, Jazz Announce

Nov 17, 2022, 1:29 PM | Updated: 2:17 pm

Rudy Gay - Utah Jazz...

Rudy Gay #8 of the Utah Jazz looks on during a game against the Toronto Raptors in the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena on November 18, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Rudy Gay will miss at least the next two weeks with a finger injury the Utah Jazz announced on Thursday.

The veteran forward missed Tuesday’s loss to the New York Knicks with what was described as a hand sprain, but the team elaborated on the injury after conducting an MRI.

“Gay was examined Wednesday by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing,” the team announced in a release. “The MRI revealed a third finger MCP joint sprain in his left hand. He will be reevaluated in two weeks.”

The forward has been a regular off the Jazz bench this season averaging 4.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per contest.

Despite Gay’s modest numbers, he leads the Jazz in plus-minus this season. The Jazz have been 5.7 points per game better than their opponents with Gay on the floor.

Rookie forward Simone Fontecchio filled in for Gay in Tuesday’s loss and scored nine points on 3-6 shooting, including 3-5 from the three-point line.

Gay’s Time With The Jazz

Rudy Gay’s career with the Jazz has fallen short of expectations after signing a three-year, $18.5 million contract in the summer of 2021.

Gay was slow to return from bone spur surgery last season but scored an impressive 20 points on 7-8 shooting in his Jazz debut against the Raptors.

However, the second-unit big man would eclipse the 20-point mark only once over the final 68 games of the season. By the end of year one, Gay was out of coach Quin Snyder’s rotation entirely in favor of Juancho Hernangomez who was acquired along with Nickeil Alexander-Walker at the trade deadline in exchange for Joe Ingles.

Gay numbers have taken a significant dip this season with the Jazz averaging a career-low 4.5 points per game while shooting just 36 percent from the floor and 26 percent from the free-throw line.

The forward scored 18 points in the team’s season-opening win against the Denver Nuggets but hasn’t scored more than eight points in any of his 11 appearances since.

Gay has a $6.4 million player option to remain with the Jazz next season.


  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz general manager Justin Zanik...

Ben Anderson

Jazz GM Justin Zanik Returns To Team Post Kidney Surgery

Utah Jazz general manager Justin Zanik has rejoined the team after undergoing a kidney transplant in April.

1 day ago

Donovan Clingan #32 of the Connecticut Huskies...

Ben Anderson

Utah Jazz Draft Prospect: UConn C Donovan Clingan

UConn guard Donovan Clingan is projected to be selected in the lottery of the 2024 NBA Draft where the Utah Jazz own the tenth pick.

2 days ago

Stephon Castle #5 of the Connecticut Huskies dunks the ball...

Ben Anderson

Utah Jazz Draft Prospect: UConn G Stephon Castle

UConn guard Stephon Castle is projected to be selected in the lottery of the 2024 NBA Draft where the Utah Jazz own the tenth pick.

3 days ago


Ben Anderson

Utah Jazz Mailbag: Would Title Change Legacies Of Gobert, Conley?

Welcome to the Utah Jazz mailbag where every week our NBA insiders answer your questions on social media about your favorite team.

4 days ago

Jazz Gaming NBA 2K League...

Chandler Holt

NBA 2K League’s Jazz Gaming Looks To Make Noise In Return To Utah

Jazz Gaming, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, made its return to SLC and kicked off its season this month.

4 days ago

Rudy Gobert #27 of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrates with Mike Conley #10...

Ben Anderson

Will NBA Parity Help The Utah Jazz?

The dynasty era in the NBA appears to finally be over, and newfound parity should be good news for the Utah Jazz.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Rudy Gay Out Two Weeks With Finger Injury, Jazz Announce