Memphis Grizzlies reserve big man Brandan Wright will miss six-to-eight weeks following knee surgery. Chris Vernon from ESPN in Memphis first reported the news, and Wright himself confirmed it to Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears.
Wright hasn’t played since Nov. 7 against the Utah Jazz. Vernon said the team was hoping the injury would heal on its own, but that clearly didn’t happen. Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal had an interesting tidbit:
Wright told me last month that MRI "showed something." Behind the scenes team was saying it was just tendinitis and Wright was being 'soft'
— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) December 16, 2015
The 28-year-old is averaging 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game this season after signing a three-year, $18 million deal in the offseason to bolster the Grizzlies’ bench.
Now Wright will likely be out until around the All-Star break, which is a bummer for a Memphis team that’s struggled this season. The Grizzlies sit at a decent 14-12 on the year, but they’ve been on the wrong end of some ugly blowouts and have an average point differential of -4.4. There have been some rumors of discontent within the organization, but nothing drastic has happened yet.