Celtics’ draft stash may benefit after Grizzlies lose key piece for season

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An important bit of NBA news in regards to the C’s potential 2020 draft positioning was released today out of Memphis as the team announced midseason addition Justise Winslow would miss the remainder of this season due to a hip injury.

The 24-year-old has yet to play a game for Memphis after being acquired from the Miami Heat in a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline in February.

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Winslow, who averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for the Heat last season had only played 11 games this year due to a back injury. Memphis took on two bad contracts (James Johnson and Dion Waiters) in order to land the No. 10 overall pick from 2015 to help complement Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. on the wing.

An extended training camp was supposed to give Winslow a chance to integrate with his new team in Orlando after getting a clean bill of health during the past few months. However, after taking a hard fall during an intrasquad scrimmage on Monday, the Grizzlies are liking playing it safe with one of their top young talents and putting him on ice until next season begins in December.

The Grizzlies are currently the frontrunner to make the West playoffs as the No. 8 seed (3.5 game lead with eight games to play) but there is a strong likelihood they will need to win a play-in situation out West in the 8/9 spots to get in.

Currently, there are four West teams (Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio) that are within four games of the Grizzlies in the standings. While the Spurs and Kings will be shorthanded for seeding games after losing a long list of key players (LaMarcus Aldridge, De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley) for seeding games, other West bubble teams will getting a boost in talent.

A healthy Blazers squad (big men Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins are expected to play) or a Pelicans team that was