Former Hawks center Al Horford also tore each pectoral muscle during his career.
Jones, 7-foot, 245 pounds, averaged 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds last season before the injury. He played only 10 games his rookie season and 15 games his second season.
The Hawks acquired Jones in the deal that sent Omari Spellman to the Warriors. The Hawks also got a future second-round pick as general manager Travis Schlenk begins to restock his assets.
“I thought it would be a fresh start for me,” Jones said of the trade. “I brought that perspective.”
Jones said he is 100 percent recovered from the injury and is ready to play any role the Hawks have for him. He sees himself as providing rim protection, defense and being a lob option for point guard Trae Young.
There is a championship pedigree with Jones after he’s played alongside Steph Curry and Kevin Durant – well, and those two rings. He said he learned plenty from the two superstars during his tenure. But now, Jones is joining a young team, still in the middle of a rebuild. There is promise, but a trip to the NBA Finals is no longer the forgone conclusion it was with Golden State.
“You still want to attack every day as hard as possible,” Jones said. “Just keep on going. Just having that winning culture carries you a long way.”