NBA Updates: Who Will Replace Mike Conley's Position After Suffering Back Injury?

By Alex Ramsey, Posted: 11/30/16 04:00AM EST
Mike Conley Fractured Vertebrae Injury | November 28, 2016 | 2016-17 NBA Season
Mike Conley's face in pain after suffering a back injury.(Photo : Ximo Pierto/ YouTube)

Memphis Grizzlies' guard Mike Conley was diagnosed with a transverse fractures in the vertebrae in his lower back after their game against Charlotte Hornets on Monday.

Conley gained the injury during the third quarter of the game in a play that falls and accidentally hit his back on Frank Kaminsky's knee. The team announced that Conley will miss six weeks and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Mike Conley posted on Twitter how grateful he is with the support of his teammates and fans.

Conley will join Grizzlies injured players with Brandan Wright (ankle), Chandler Parsons (knee) and James Ennis (calf). Conley averages 19.2 points, 5.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 17 games this season.

According to ESPN, Conley signed a 5-year maximum deal worth $153 million, the biggest overall deal in the history of NBA. Grizzlies' center Marc Gasol will be the only healthy player with a max contract in the team. 

With Conley's situation right now, the Grizzlies will be to rely on their rookie point guards Andrew Harrison and Wade Baldwin.

Harrison is averaging 5.9 points and 3.4 assists but he's only shooting 27.1% from the floor. Meanwhile, their first-round pick Wade Baldwin is averaging 3.5 points and 2.3 assists with 33.3% from the floor.

Based in ESPN Rumor Central, Memphis had expressed their interest in signing Norris Cole to help the point guard rotation of the team. Cole averaged 10.6 points, 3.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds last season when he was still playing with the New Orleans Pelicans. 

The Grizzlies are also interested in guards Kendall Marshall, Will Bynum and Toney Douglas. These players are expected to work out for the Grizzlies as the team can apply for a hardship waiver to receive an extra roster spot this weekend.

We'll see what will be the adjustments of Memphis Grizzlies. The team's next game will be against Toronto Raptors in Air Canada Centre, Toronto on Nov. 30 



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