The Grizzlies will be without a key player for the remainder for the season as Dillon Brooks is set to have surgery to fix a right toe injury.
Brooks is expected to be fully healthy to return for summer workouts, according to The Athletic, which cited unidentified sources.
Sources @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Memphis’ Dillon Brooks is likely to miss the remainder of the season with right toe injury. Brooks will undergo a procedure, but is expected to fully recover and have full summer of workouts.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 9, 2019
Injuries have plagued Brooks’ second season with Memphis as he has missed nearly half of the team’s games, playing in only 18 of 40 contests so far this season. He had just returned two weeks ago from an MCL sprain, which he suffered in November, and he missed Monday’s loss to the Pelicans due to toe soreness.
Dillon Brooks at shootaround just now. Looks his teammates are trying to keep his spirits up. Tough break for a second-year player just coming back from an MCL sprain. Tough break for the Grizzlies, too. pic.twitter.com/NgsE0HvByy
— David Cobb (@DavidWCobb) January 9, 2019
Justin Holiday is expected to see more playing time in the absence of Brooks, though the 29-year-old is still acclimating himself to the team after he was traded to Memphis from the Bulls less than a week ago.
Brooks, selected by the Rockets in the second round of the 2017 draft and immediately traded to Memphis on draft night, had been averaging 7.5 points while shooting 40.2 percent from the field in 18.3 minutes per game.