The Memphis Grizzlies released a statement today saying 24-year-old PF Darrell Arthur has a small, non-displaced fracture of his left leg. Arthur could miss as long as 6 weeks with the injury but could return earlier.
This is the 3rd serious injury Arthur has sustained since the Grizzlies traded for Arthur on draft night five years ago. Previously Arthur tore the labrum muscle of his shoulder before the start of the second NBA season and tore his Achilles before the start of last season.
Arthur’s injury is reportedly a small fracture of in the head of his fibula. Dr. Fred Azar, the team physician, diagnosed the injury. Arthur is under the care of the team’s physicians and will be evaluated weekly to determine when he can return to the team. The injury occurred while training for the upcoming training camp which opens Tuesday, Oct. 2.
In other Grizzlies news, Hamed Haddadi has been cleared for workouts after having surgery on his wrist 8 weeks ago. Haddadi is expected to compete for more playing time this season behind Marc Gasol. This will be the first time Haddadi has been in town at the opening of training camp. In previous season’s Haddadi, a Iranian native, was delayed entering the USA while working out visa problems.
Arthur, who missed last season entirely was expected to compete with returning PF Marreese Speights for playing time behind All-Star PF Zach Randolph. Randolph missed more than half of last season with a knee injury of his own.
The Grizzlies traded combo forward Dante Cunningham in the off-season for SG Wayne Ellington leaving the Grizzlies thin in the front court with Arthur out.