San Antonio Spurs' Tre Jones to Miss Monday's Game Against Chicago Bulls

The San Antonio Spurs will be without their starting guard for at least another game. Via the NBA Injury Report, the team has declared Tre Jones out for tonight's mathcup against the Chicago Bulls.

Jones had been an iron man for the Spurs, starting 51 of a possible 52 games this season before missing Friday's matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers. His increased role has cost him some of his efficiency: he's averaging a career-high 12.8 points per game with a career-low .437 field-goal percentage. With a -1.7 box plus/minus and 0.1 value over replacement player rating, the third-year player is still a long way from becoming the long-term answer at guard for the Spurs.

At 14-39, the Spurs are 14th in the Western Conference and one of the NBA's most dismal teams. They've rightly embraced a total tank job this season. With any luck, their misery will position them for a potentially franchise-altering 2023 NBA Draft. The Spurs famously transformed one abysmal season after years of contention into Tim Duncan way back in 1997. Duncan propelled the team to two decades of dominance that included five NBA titles.

Following tonight's game against the Bulls, the Spurs travel to Toronto to face the Raptors on Wednesday night. Given that Jones is travelling with the team, he should be available for a return any day now.

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