Injuries to Watson, Miles force Jazz to sign D-League point guard

Jazz point guard Earl Watson is out indefinitely and teammate C.J. Miles is out for at least another week, the team announced on Monday.

Watson, who left in the second quarter of Sunday’s Jazz-Spurs game in San Antonio, underwent an MRI test Monday. It revealed a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, meaning he is likely out for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.

Miles, who also left Sunday’s game in the second quarter, underwent an MRI Monday, revealing a moderate strain of his left calf muscle.

The team said Miles will be reevaluated in a week.

The Jazz already have been dealing with a number of injuries.

Guard Raja Bell remains out with a left knee strain and forward Josh Howard is out following left knee surgery March 23.

Bell has missed 15 straight games; Howard has missed 13.

Howard said he is hopeful he can return before the end of the season.

As a result of all those injuries, the Jazz on Monday announced they have signed 6-foot-3 point guard Blake Ahearn to a 10-day contract. Ahearn had been playing for the NBA Development League’s Reno Big Horns 

Ahearn appeared in 37 games for Reno this season, averaging 23.8 points and 5.1 assists. He is a five-year D-League veteran, but has spent time with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs during his career.

We’ve always said as an organization, if somebody goes down, somebody gets an opportunity,” Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor said.



About Jim Burton

Jim Burton has worked for the Standard-Examiner since 1991. He has covered everything from the preps to Utah, BYU, Weber State and the Ogden Raptors. Currently he is the Standard's Utah Jazz beatwriter and its sports columnist.
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