Martin is set to undergo surgery on Thursday, and there’s currently no official timetable for his return. For what it’s worth, Martin took to Twitter to call the injury a “minor setback”:
Minor set back. No worries Grizzlies fans the come back will be amazing!!! https://t.co/AD3x1DGjux
— Jarell Martin (@MartinJarell) September 3, 2015
A prior left foot injury suffered in pre-draft workouts kept Martin out of Summer League, although Grizzlies manager Chris Wallace said this is a different injury, according to Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal:
“It’s the same area of the left foot that was previously affected but it’s a different injury,” Griz general manager Chris Wallace said. “We have two months before opening day. So however long rehab takes you’ve got two months of it out of the way. He has some time to regroup.”
Memphis selected Martin 25th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 21-year-old spent two seasons at LSU, and he averaged 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds in a strong sophomore campaign.
Martin wasn’t expected to play much this upcoming season even if he entered the season healthy, but starting an NBA career injured is unfortunate no matter what. This takes away from critical practice time during training camp and at the beginning of the year, so hopefully he’ll recover quickly.