Jaren Jackson To Start In Season Debut Tuesday

Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr. will make his season debut and be in the starting lineup against New Orleans on Tuesday, the team’s PR department tweets.

He was listed as out for all previous games this season as he rehabbed from foot surgery. Jackson started playing in 5-on-5 situations during practice last week.

Jackson underwent surgery in late June for a stress fracture in his right foot. He was expected to miss four-to-six months at the time of the surgery, made steady progress in his recovery, and is now back in action four-and-a-half months after the procedure.

Jackson signed a four-year extension last fall. He’ll make $28,946,605 in the first year of the extension this season, though the salary numbers decline through the life of the deal.

His return is an obvious boost to a team already on the path to serious contention, especially with Desmond Bane expected to miss some time due to a toe injury. In 78 regular season games last season, Jackson averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.

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