Brandan Wright missed all but 12 games last season due to knee surgery.
He has yet to set foot on the court for the Grizzlies this season due to ankle issues, including getting an injection because the posterior tibial tendon had become inflamed. That didn’t solve the problem, and on Wednesday Memphis announced that Wright had undergone surgery on that ankle. From the press release:
Wright underwent a successful arthroscopic debridement of his left ankle Tuesday afternoon after non-surgical interventions failed to eliminate his posterior tibialis tendinopathy. The procedure was performed at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis and Wright will begin rehabilitation in Memphis immediately.
There is no timetable for his return, although this is not considered a “major” surgery and Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports says it should be eight weeks or so.
The Grizzlies could use him, they lack depth up front — Memphis is 17.5 points per 100 possessions worse when Marc Gasol is off the court, and that’s more about his backups than anything. Wright is an athletic backup center who is strong in the pick-and-roll and can provide some rim protection. Hopefully, he can be back around Christmas.