As originally reported by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo, Memphis Grizzlies F/C Brandan Wright will miss the next six to eight weeks while recovering from knee surgery.
Wright just signed a 3-year, $18 million contract in free agency with the Grizzlies last offseason, but has only appeared in seven games for Memphis so far this season. Wright has appeared in more than 60 games in just two of his nine career seasons, setting a career high last year, appearing in 75 games for three different teams — the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, then Phoenix Suns.
Wright has one of the more unique statistical profiles in league history, providing incredibly efficient scoring prowess in limited minutes. Among players who have averaged less than 20 minutes per game in their careers (Wright is at 16.4) and have played in at least 300 games (Wright has played in 367), he has a significant advantage over second-place for best career PER. Players with similar profiles include JaVale McGee, Tiago Splitter, and Chris Andersen. Wright has shot 60% from the field in his brief appearances this season, which is right in line with his 60.6% career average.
The Grizzlies are currently playing below expectations, at 14-12, and Wright’s injury delays the team’s ability to find the best lineup combinations as Memphis competes for a playoff spot.