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Grizzlies Forward Deyonta Davis Out 6-8 Weeks

Grizzlies rookie big man Deyonta Davis is out 6-8 weeks with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal tweets.

The early second-round pick, who was selected 31st overall in June by the Celtics and then shipped to Memphis, has appeared in 21 games this season. He’s averaging 2.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 7.9 minutes.

Boston sent Davis and the 35th pick, Serbian swingman Rade Zagorac, to Memphis in exchange for the Clippers’ 2019 first-rounder that the Grizzlies owned.

The 6’10” Davis, who can play either power forward or center, played one season at Michigan State before entering the draft. He has made a favorable impression on his veteran teammates, as Tillery recently reported. “I like him very much. His upside is tremendous,” Marc Gasol told Tillery. “He cannot be satisfied with one play or one quarter or one season. He’s got to be more and more. He’s got to be hungry. That’s the mindset he’s got to have and I’m going to help him. He can help me win and I’m going to help him be better.”

Memphis liked Davis enough to sign him to a guaranteed three-year, $4MM deal in July, the largest ever for an American-born second-round pick.

The Grizzlies have plenty of depth at power forward but Brandan Wright, essentially another power forward, is the only other backup listed behind Gasol at center.

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