Not too much as gone right for the Memphis Grizzles this season. The team, deemed fully healthy at the beginning of this season was looking to get back in the Western Conference playoff picture. Now they have lost their best young asset, rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., for an indefinite amount of time.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that Jackson will be sidelined with a quad injury for an undetermined amount of time and that the franchise is going to be cautious with their young star.
Sources: Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Jaren Jackson Jr., has suffered a right quad injury and will be sidelined for the foreseeable future. Organization will be cautious with its young star.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 23, 2019
The Grizzlies organization has since confirmed the injury as a deep thigh bruise. They did not put a timetable on the injury either.
Jaren Jackson Jr. has been one of the more impressive rookies this season. The 19-year-old is averaging 13.8 points per game on 50.6 percent shooting, including 35.9 percent from beyond the arc.
After a slow start, a terrible stretch of games, and some frustrating losses, the team decided to throw in the towel. Memphis traded franchise staple Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors and entertained trades for fellow staple Mike Conley. As the playoff picture takes shape and the Grizzlies continue to be on the outside looking in, protecting their best asset is pivotal.