New Grizzlies forward Justise Winslow out for the season


Forward Justise Winslow’s debut with the Memphis Grizzlies will be postponed until next season after sustaining a hip injury during practice on Monday, the team said.The Grizzlies envisioned Winslow, 24, as an important part of their promising young core when they acquired him in a successful Miami Heat trade in February. But Winslow is yet to play for the Grizzlies, who have taken a patient approach with his recovery from a back injury that has limited him to 11 games with the Heat this season.

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Winslow, who averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for the Heat last season, trained with the Grizzlies and was on the point of being cleared for action when the NBA season was suspended.

Winslow opened up about his situation on social media.

The Grizzlies believed Winslow would benefit from a training camp, held at the NBA’s Walt Disney World campus, to help him feel comfortable with his new team. But he was injured in an intrasquad scrum on Monday when he fell after absorbing contact, according to the team.

The Grizzlies have announced that Winslow is expected to make a full recovery.

Memphis traded Andre Iguodala, who has never played for the Grizzlies after being acquired in a summer pay dump from the Golden State Warriors, starting little forward Jae Crowder and reserve forward Solomon Hill in Miami in a deal. to three teams that brought Winslow to Memphis.

The Grizzlies liked Winslow enough to give up their summer financial flexibility in the deal. Memphis has absorbed the salaries of Dion Waiters (immediately released despite a debt of $ 12.7 million next season) and backup center Gorgui Dieng, who is owed $ 17.3 million next season and has landed at Memphis as part of the three-team trade, with former Miami forward James Johnson going to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Grizzlies project Winslow, the 10th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, to become their little starting forward when they’re healthy, seeing his athleticism and playing ability as additions to franchise cornerstones Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.


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