Grizzlies forward Bruno Caboclo suffered a hyperextended left knee and bone bruise while playing for the Memphis Hustle in a G League game on Monday, the team announced today in a press release. According to the Grizzlies, Caboclo is expected to be sidelined for approximately four-to-six weeks while the bruise heals.
A former first-round pick, Caboclo played well for the Grizzlies in the second half last season, averaging 8.3 PPG and 4.6 RPG on .427/.369/.840 shooting in 34 games (23.5 MPG).
That performance earned him a guaranteed contract and roster spot in 2019/20, but he hasn’t had a major role for the club this season, logging just 8.7 MPG in 22 games. His shooting percentages (.406 FG%, .160 3PT%) have also dropped significantly, though the sample size is small.
Caboclo, 24, will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, assuming he finishes out his current contract. He and Josh Jackson look like the most probable candidates to be released if the Grizzlies make a trade that sees them take back more players than they send out.