Marc Gasol will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery last Saturday on his broken right foot. The 31-year-old is expected to recovery fully, the team’s statement added, and the club’s brass doesn’t expect the injury to alter his career path, a source informed Chris Herrington of The Commercial Appeal. The technical term for the ailment is a non-displaced Type II fracture of the navicular bone, according to the Grizzlies’ official statement. The news that Gasol will miss the rest of 2015/16 is no shock, as Marca.com reported a couple of weeks ago, in the immediate wake of the injury, that Gasol was liable to miss four to six months. The team didn’t reveal a specific timeline for the center’s recovery, but GM Chris Wallace hinted in the press release that the team believes Gasol will be ready to start next season.
“Marc remains a cornerstone of our franchise and we are pleased to hear that the surgery went according to plan,” Wallace said. “Marc’s determination and competitive spirit will serve him, his family and the team well as he begins the healing and rehab process from which we expect him to make a full recovery. We are confident we will have Marc back anchoring our team next season and beyond.”
Here’s more from the week that was…
- The Warriors signed Anderson Varejao.
- Kings affiliate player Vince Hunter left Sacramento’s D-League team to sign with Panathinaikos of Greece.
- The Nuggets signed JaKarr Sampson.
- The Bucks signed Steve Novak.
- The Knicks signed Jimmer Fredette to a 10-day deal.
- The Mavericks signed David Lee.
- The Clippers signed Alex Stepheson to a 10-day contract.
- The Suns signed Phil Pressey to a 10-day deal.
- The Hornets signed Jorge Gutierrez to a 10-day deal.
- The Pistons signed Justin Harper to a 10-day contract.
- The Wizards signed J.J. Hickson.
- Mavs affiliate player Brandon Ashley signed with the German club Alba Berlin.
- The Nets are expected to sign Sean Kilpatrick.
- The Cavaliers intend to sign Jordan McRae to a 10-day contract.
You can stay up to date on all the 10-day deals handed out with our 10-day contract tracker.
- The Nets waived Joe Johnson as part of a buyout arrangement.
- The Timberwolves waived Andre Miller as part of a buyout arrangement.
- The Suns waived DeJuan Blair.
- The Magic waived Jared Cunningham.
- The Bucks waived Chris Copeland.
- The Warriors waived Jason Thompson.
- The Mavs waived John Jenkins.
- The Nets waived Andrea Bargnani in a buyout deal.
- The Magic claimed Chris Copeland off waivers from the Bucks and subsequently waived him.
- The Suns claimed John Jenkins off waivers from the Mavericks.
- The Rockets waived Marcus Thornton.
- The players union’s executive committee voted unanimously to stiffen enforcement of a rule banning agents from representing both coaches and players, a practice that’s been commonplace in spite of regulations against it. The union also passed other rules for agents, including increased dues and requirements that agents pass a written test on the collective bargaining agreement and maintain at least one NBA client over a period of five years.
- The Wasserman Media Group officially renamed itself the Wasserman agency.
- Bryce Dejean-Jones will miss the rest of the season for the Pelicans after undergoing surgery on his broken right wrist.
- Dwight Howard fired agent Dan Fegan.
- Point guard Dwight Buycks will join the Thunder’s D-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue.
- The Bulls officially announced that their new D-League affiliate, which begins play next season, will be called the Windy City Bulls.
You can stay up to date on all the D-League assignments and recalls for the season here.