Avery Bradley out at least a week with shin injury
— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) March 20, 2019
This should prove to be a costly injury for Memphis who have been relying on Bradley’s all-around play since the 6-foot-2 shooting guard arrived in February. The two-time All-Defensive team member has seen a resurgence in his career ever since joining the Grizzlies, averaging 16.1 points (on 46.3 percent shooting), 2.0 three-pointers, 3.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.0 steals in 14 appearances for the team thus far.
Bradley failed to make his mark during his time with the Los Angeles Clippers, and the change in scenery has definitely worked in his favor.
Then again, the Grizzlies have already been eliminated from playoff contention this season, so it would not be surprising if the team decides to be extra cautious with Bradley. With just 12 games remaining in the regular season and nothing to play for, Memphis do not have any motivation to rush the Texas alumni back to action.
Bradley’s current deal extends to next season, and he is owed close to $13 million next year. The Grizzlies are in the midst of a rebuild, so it would not be surprising if they decide to deal Bradley and his expiring deal in the offseason. Then again, the team might see value in his experience and veteran presence, as he could be given a mentorship role in a young Memphis squad.