John Jenkins is seriously considering and will most likely undergo back surgery, according to a person familiar with the situation. Complete details of the procedure have not been finalized.
The second-year guard has appeared in only 13 games this season. Jenkins has missed the past 15 games since Dec. 26 when he had nerve pain in his left leg associated with a back injury. He has been plagued by the back problem since the summer.
Following an MRI exam in December, which was negative, the Hawks and Jenkins opted for a course of action of rest and physical therapy. Jenkins has not progressed and has been unable to practice with the team with a status of out indefinitely.
Jenkins was unavailable for comment. He did not travel with the team for Saturday’s game against the Bucks.
Jenkins expressed frustration with the injury when the pain became an issue in December. He said at the time that surgery was an option, one of several be considering by himself, his agent and Hawks management.
“I’m weighing my options on what I need to do to eliminate this thing forever,” Jenkins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in December. “It’s been too long. It’s been preventing me from playing the way I need to be playing. I’m trying to play on it, play through it. It’s time to just get it out of the way forever.”
Jenkins missed two months this summer with the back injury. The issue came up again at the start of training camp and forced him to miss all but the final two exhibition games.
Jenkins, a first-round pick of the Hawks in 2012, has seen limited action this season. He is averaging just 3.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.1 minutes. He did a four-game stint in the NBA Development League in early December.