Grizzlies Rule Grayson Allen Out Indefinitely, Recall Josh Jackson

Another Grizzlies bench player will be sidelined for the foreseeable future, as the team announced today in a press release that Grayson Allen will be out indefinitely with a hip injury. According to the club, the injury – which occurred when Allen fell awkwardly on his left leg during Friday’s game vs. Detroit – will require “offloading” to heal.

A first-round pick in 2018, Allen was acquired by Memphis in last summer’s Mike Conley blockbuster. The second-year shooting guard has been limited to 30 games this season due to health issues, but has had a fairly regular rotation role when healthy. He was averaging 7.2 PPG on .494/.375/.833 shooting in the 16 games leading up to his injury.

The Grizzlies are now down three roster players, with Bruno Caboclo on the shelf due to a knee injury and Andre Iguodala away from the team while he awaits a trade. Jae Crowder also missed Sunday’s game with knee soreness, though there’s no indication that’s a major issue.

To add some depth to their rotation, the Grizzlies have recalled former No. 4 overall pick Josh Jackson for the first time this season, according to the team (Twitter link). Jackson, also acquired in a trade last summer, has spent the entire 2019/20 campaign in the G League, averaging 20.3 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.5 BPG, and 1.4 SPG in 26 games for the Memphis Hustle.

As Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian observes (via Twitter), the Grizzlies had been reluctant to call up Jackson to the NBA roster without a clearer path to playing time. It remains to be seen whether or not he’ll be inserted into the rotation with Allen out, but at the very least, he’ll travel with the team for now and provide emergency depth.

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13 thoughts on “Grizzlies Rule Grayson Allen Out Indefinitely, Recall Josh Jackson

  1. Skip, Tampa

    Grizzlies should work a deal with the Heat of Iggy, Jackson for Waiters, J.Johnson and push for the playoff 8th seed. Can always trade them this summer on expiring contacts.

      • Curtisrowe

        Grizzlies are doing just fine as a young and talented team. No reason to get those two overpaid scrubs.

    • jobbins

      If they chip in Duncan Robinson maybe. Heat: Iggy, J. Jackson, Caboclo – Grizzlies: J. Johnson, Waiters, Robinson, and 2022 2nd Rd pick.

  2. agentx

    I didn’t see Friday’s game. Did Allen fall awkwardly and injure that hip after tripping–either himself or someone else?

  3. natsfan3437

    Why haven’t the NBA fined Iggy for missing like they threatened the pelicans when they wanted to sit Davis. If iggy is this “great player that can swing a playoff race” that ESPN likes to say all the time then he should be fined for skipping the season.

    • Dabofus going to the Padres game

      “Double Standard”

      People pay money to see Anthony Davis play and dominate.

      Nobody sees money to see Iggy play.

      He brings elite defense. Nobody wants to see defense they want to see scoring. Dont confuse his value to a team vs. value to fans.

      Bruce Bowen brought excellent defense….nobody would pay to see him play.

  4. Major Factuh

    It was a mutual agreement by both Iguodala and the Grizzlies to sit out. Memphis is developing young talent and doing better than predicted. Keeping him fresh/valuable for a possible trade to a contender for a playoff run was not a bad idea. What if’s abound here: injuries etc.. and now he has no value at all.

  5. Iggy for Courtney Lee and a second round pick.

    Mavs get another nice player for a playoff run and Grizzlies get back a pick.
    Considering Iggy has been out all year, you’d think he’d be pretty well rested and fit ready to go which would be nice for the playoffs

    • Thuggababyy

      They want a first and I think someone is gonna end up giving it to them. Clippers maybe?

      • Clippers can’t match that salary without giving up Harkless And Robinson, which I find really unlikely.
        I think if they were going to get a first it would’ve been done by now.
        Grizzlies should just be happy to cut their ties and just get a second rounder
        Grizzlies own the GSW second rounder which is a top 5 second anyways so it wouldn’t be far off a first anyways

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