We checked in on the Grizzlies pick last week here at BSJ as Memphis trended closer towards the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference. While the team remains intent on doing what it can to convey the top-8 protected first round pick for the Celtics in 2019 to rid themselves of the obligation with a rebuild in sight, life just got harder on that front following some injury news on Wednesday.
Chris Herrington of the Daily Memphian confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that scoring wing Dillon Brooks will likely miss the remainder of the regular season for the Grizzlies to undergo surgery on his toe in an injury that he suffered during Monday's loss to the Pelicans. The situation is a tough break for the 6-foot-6 wing, who was the subject of trade confusion in the failed three-way deal with the Wizards and Suns last month.
Brooks is a top scorer off the Grizzlies bench (14.7 points per 36 minutes) and one of the few reliable 3-point weapons (37.5 percent) on one of the worst perimeter shooting teams in the league. The wing spot has been an area of weakness all year long for Memphis, to the point that the team tried to upgrade the spot last week by acquiring Justin Holiday from the Bulls for two second rounds picks, Wayne Selden and MarShon Brooks.
That trade has not stopped the freefall in the standings for Memphis, who have now lost six consecutive games to fall to 18-22 and the list of potential internal solutions for the Grizzlies bench unit in Brooks' absence is not very appealing either.