Grizzlies guard/forward Dillon Brooks will be sidelined for the start of the season to rehab a fractured left hand, according to team news released Tuesday.
As of Oct. 12, Brooks is forecasted to be out of action for “2-3 weeks” in order to properly recover from the nagging injury that occurred during offseason practice.
According to the Grizzlies’ official site:
“After undergoing imaging pursuant to the normal course of return-to-play protocol, it was determined that in the best interest of the long-term healing of the fracture in Dillon’s left hand, additional treatment should be undertaken at this time.”
Per Evan Barnes of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Desmond Bane will likely be slated to fill in for Brooks’ absence in the starting lineup — along with contributing minutes from fourth-year guard De’Anthony Melton. Brooks started every game he played last season (67).
In his four seasons with Memphis, Brooks has averaged 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. His career averages saw a bump last season when he bested several benchmarks — averaging 17.2 points and 2.3 assists per game, while boasting a moderate percentage from the 3-point line (34.4%).
Brooks ended his individual 2020-21 campaign on a high note in a five-game postseason series against the Jazz — averaging 25.8 points, 4.2 assists and upping his 3-point percentage to 40.
In February 2020, the Grizzlies agreed to a three-year, $35 million extension with Brooks. Brooks was a second-round pick (No. 45) in 2017, originally drafted by the Rockets, until he was dealt to Memphis shortly after.
The Grizzlies are set to open the season against J.B. Bickerstaff‘s Cavaliers on Oct. 20.