The Memphis Grizzlies announced some unfortunate breaking news today. New acquisition Ben McLemore was diagnosed with a non-placed fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. He underwent a successful surgery and is estimated to be out for 12 weeks.
This injury occurred after driving to the basket in a pickup game in Los Angeles. No other details were released about the incident.
With the buzz around McLemore being relatively positive, this news will damper spirits around the new shooting guard. The description of the injury does not bode well for his mobility in the off-season into the new season. This “pinky toe” injury will make things difficult in his season preps to stay in shape.
The Grizzlies were hopeful McLemore could fill the role of Tony Allen and Vince Carter. Still, he was relatively disappointing in Sacramento over his four years being the 7th overall player picked in the 2013 NBA Draft and not much to show for it. However, in Memphis, it was a new page of his career to start new. He will unfortunately have to now wait a bit longer for this chance.
Memphis will now have to find an answer until McLemore can come back. This will require players such as Tyreke Evans, Wayne Selden, and Troy Daniels to step up and fill the void.