Utah Jazz's Joe Ingles, 34, not quitting on career after major knee injury



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Utah Jazz's Joe Ingles, 34, not quitting on career after major knee injury

Utah Jazz guard Joe Ingles has made it clear that he has no intention of retiring after suffering a major knee injury. Ingles suffered a torn ACL injury during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolwes and he is set to undergo a surgery to repair the damage.

Ingles is 34 and he has suffered a major knee injury. "Literally no doubt," Ingles told ESPN. "I know probably everybody says that when they're going through this. A few days post-injury, people might think I'm a little bit crazy.

But you look at people who have been through this. The MRI was a little bit of a win, I guess, with it just being my ACL. "Then the other part of it -- and we joke about it -- is my game. My game has never been based on athleticism, above the rim or anything like that.

I'm not writing off what this surgery is and what the rehab looks like, but everyone around the league knows how I play and what I can do."

Ingles knows he might not play for the Jazz again

Ingles' name was mentioned in trade talks before he went down with an injury.

"If I'm able to get someone back that would help them make a push for the end of the year, I understand that," Ingles said. "I'm not going to sit here and be sour and upset. I've built my eight years here of hard work and in the community and all that stuff, but I'm very well aware of the business side and all that."

Ingles understands the Jazz might decide to move on from him but added they have a good relationship and something could still be worked out. "Having an ACL obviously throws a bit of a spanner [wrench] in the works with some of it, but I have good relationships with the Jazz and the front office and coach [Quin Snyder]," he said.

"I've got the best agent [Mark Bartelstein] in the league. It's a very fluid conversation, and we just have open lines of conversation."