The Memphis Grizzlies over the last several seasons have established themselves as a perennial playoff team in the daunting Western Conference. Their head of the snake has been point guard Mike Conley, who is still one of the most underrated players in the league. However, it appears that they could be without his services for an extended period of time due to a back injury.
Sources: Grizzlies guard Mike Conley suffered a transverse process fracture in the vertebrae. He will miss an indefinite period of time.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) November 29, 2016
My understanding is Conley’s injury is similar to Dallas QB Tony Romo’s. No surgery required but rest and recovery needed to heal fractures.
— Michael Wallace (@MyMikeCheck) November 29, 2016
The Grizzlies will be tested over the next two months with Conley on the shelf. There are already rumors stating that the team may be interested in acquiring Norris Cole, who is currently playing overseas in China with the Shandong Golden Stars. Aside from that, Memphis only has two inexperienced options at the position in Andrew Harrison and rookie Wade Baldwin.
What may likely happen is that the front office makes a move to add a veteran point guard to hold down the fort until Conley returns. In the meantime, it will mean that Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will have to pick up the slack offensively for the Grizzlies during this stretch. This unfortunate news for Memphis, but they have to adjust and move on.