Memphis started the season 7-6 and looking solid, like a potential playoff team, with Mike Conley and Marc Gasol playing well as the leaders. Then Conley had to sit due to his chronically sore Achilles issue, and ever since the Grizzlies have gone 10-25 and fallen out of the playoff picture entirely.
Conley had been working toward a return, but considering the situation of the team and his health, Memphis announced Saturday that he is done for the season. From the Grizzlies official release:
Conley will undergo surgery to smooth a small bone protrusion in his left heel that continues to cause pain and soreness. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the 2017-18 season but is expected to make a full recovery prior to 2018-19 training camp.
Surgery was the last resort, but if there were lingering issues this is the smart move. This season is a write-off, now is the time to get the work done and come back next season thinking postseason again.
There are other teams calling about the trade availability of Gasol, however, the Grizzlies don’t want to go down that road right now, according to sources around the league. Remember, Memphis fired David Fizdale as coach in an effort to turn the season around and to keep Gasol happy. Ultimately, the “blow it up” question is not one answered by the GM, it’s an ownership decision, and right now there are questions about who will be the Grizzlies owner going forward.