Jordan Adams was spending this summer working on his development, trying to prove to the Memphis Grizzlies’ staff he deserves a little more run.
That has been put on hold for a few weeks. Adams has undergone knee surgery, according to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal.
While the report is vague, if this is a basic arthroscopic surgery then Adams should be out the standard four-to-six weeks, which has him back and ready to go when training camp opens.
Adams played a limited role for the Grizzlies last season (he got in just 30 games), which on the surface seems a little odd considering their need for three-point shooting and his 40 percent rate from deep when he did get a chance. (He spent a lot of the season with Iowa in the D-League and Adams hit threes at a good clip there as well.) But Adams clearly could not earn the trust of coach Dave Joerger.
Adams may not have proved much more in Summer League, where he averaged 16 points a game in Orlando but shot just 34 percent overall and 18.2 percent from three. Maybe the knee issues had something to do with those percentages, but he did have a 20-point game against the Nets.
Adams is at the end of a growing guard rotation in Memphis. If he wants more run he’s got Courtney Lee and Vince Carter ahead of him — he’s going to have to provide more shooting, plus enough from the other parts of his game, to beat them out.
He should be healthy enough by training camp to prove he deserves that chance.