Via the CA:
Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur left practice this morning with a serious Achilles injury and the fear is that he might be lost for the entire 2011-12 season, according to sources with knowledge of situation.
Umm…this is very, very, very bad news if it turns out to be true. And no, I don’t feel that is hyperbole in the least.
In DA, the Grizzlies had an athletic PF/C with length and decent range who could guard most frontcourt players he was asked to match up with. Also, he was going to be counted on as their 3rd big man and the first or second guy off the bench (along with O.J. Mayo), so he’s obviously talented, too.
The more pressing issue is the Grizzlies’ lack of depth in the frontcourt. As of right now, the team is still waiting on Hamed Haddadi to rejoin the team after dealing with visa issues for a second straight year. One would assume that they intended to sign one of the free agent big men currently in camp (probably either Brian Skinner or Josh Davis), but now they might be forced to sign a second one just to have enough depth to start the season.
There’s a chance that they could try to sign a more established player, such as Kris Humphries or Kenyon Martin, but that would depend on Michael Heisley’s willingness to go into the luxury tax, which is something he was adamantly against last week when speaking to the media.
Of course, let us not forget that there is another option. Although he was just told a few days ago that they weren’t actively looking to trade him, don’t be surprised if O.J. Mayo starts popping up in trade rumors once again.
We’ll keep you updated on this situation as more information becomes available.