The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that Brandan Wright underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his bothersome ankle on Tuesday afternoon in Memphis. The injury, officially diagnosed as posterior tibialis tendinopathy, was not responding to non-surgical interventions, so the back-up big man had to have this surgery.
Rehabilitation will begin immediately, according to the Grizzlies, but Wright is without a timetable for a return to the court. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, depending on the severity of this injury it may take a full year before there is great improvement regarding pain and a return to play can occur.
This should not be surprising at this stage of Wright’s Grizzlies career. He has appeared in a grand total of 12 games out of a possible 96 (including playoffs) for Memphis, and whether it be his knee or his ankle, for some reason Wright has not been able to get on the court consistently for the Grizzlies. Thankfully the deepest part of this Memphis roster is the front court- Jarell Martin and Deyonta Davis will continue to receive opportunities in Wright’s absence.
But any trade value Wright may have had this season may have just finally been wiped out. This could limit the Grizzlies when it comes to trying to improve the roster via the trade market- the development of Martin and Davis is great for the future, but the here and now opportunities to acquire a new back-up point guard or another scoring wing will likely suffer some since Wright cannot be moved.
Stick with GBB as the season grinds on.
UPDATE (1:15 PM CT)- Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical updated the Brandan Wright injury timeline on Twitter-
After ankle surgery, Memphis forward Brandan Wright is likely two months away from his season debut, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) November 16, 2016
Much better than 12 months. The injury must have been bad enough to not improve from non-surgical remedies, but not severe enough to force Wright to miss the whole season.