Memphis Grizzlies forwards Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow will not be ready for the start of the upcoming season. Grizzlies vice president of basketball operations Zach Kleiman told reporters Wednesday night that Jackson and Winslow will both still be recovering from injuries when the 2020-21 season starts next month, saying it is “unfortunate that the NBA season ended up starting a little bit earlier than we were budgeting for.”
During the team’s trip to the Orlando bubble in July, Jaren Jackson Jr. tore the meniscus in his left knee. He returned from the trip early to begin his rehab. His teammate, Justise Winslow, who was also injured in the bubble, is rehabbing his injury with him. “I had a quicker start to my offseason getting healthy again and getting workouts and all that,” Jackson said. “I’ve been basically seeing Justise every day of my life, literally. We’ve been in there grinding. We made it a goal to never have a bad day and we’ve never had a bad day pretty much ever.”
Jackson wants to let their offseason workouts do the talking. The recovering Grizz players post videos of their rehab workouts every few days. “Just wait, we don’t even like to talk about it,” the 21-year-old said. “We want to let our action speak, but we are waiting to see when we can let our actions speak and get back out there.”
Drew Hill: Jaren Jackson had meniscus surgery last week. It has been repaired “100%” and he will rehab in Memphis.
John Karalis: Here's the official announcement. Tore his meniscus against the Pelicans. The bubble just gets worse for the Grizzlies pic.twitter.com/XJi6um0Ycs
Adrian Wojnarowski: Grizzlies: Memphis F Jaren Jackson Jr., suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.
Nearly three months later, Jenkins suggested that Jackson, Winslow and Clarke should be ready to go. “When it comes to Justise, BC and JJ, those guys are looking and feeling good,” said Jenkins. “Once we get to Orlando, we can finally do five-on-five workouts and scrimmages and we’ll get a better feel. But all indications are those guys will be ready to go.”
Michael Wallace: As @Jaren Jackson Jr. pushed through court workout before tonight's @Memphis Grizzlies game at @Brooklyn Nets, Jenkins confirms Jackson's recovery "is progressing in a positive direction." Jenkins says Jackson return from knee sprain may be as soon as next week, based on reevaluation results. pic.twitter.com/oWhIrk9vE1
Adrian Wojnarowski: Memphis F Jaren Jackson Jr., has a sprained knee and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, team says.
Chris Herrington: No restriction on Jaren Jackson Jr. minutes tonight coming off knee issue, but Taylor Jenkins did suggest Bruno Caboclo is likely to play as the team tries different defensive looks against Karl-Anthony Towns.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Jaren Jackson Jr., has suffered a right quad injury and will be sidelined for the foreseeable future. Organization will be cautious with its young star.
David Cobb: Bruno Caboclo and Ivan Rabb are the Grizz starting front court tonight with Jaren Jackson Jr. out with a quad injury and Valanciunas tending to personal issues.
David Cobb: Looks like the Grizzlies will have Jaren Jackson Jr. back in the lineup at New York tomorrow. He’s listed as probable. Mike Conley is still listed as questionable.
Omari Sanfoka II: The Grizzlies will be without Jaren Jackson Jr. tonight as well. Jevon Carter, Shelvin Mack and JaMychal Green will start alongside Marc Gasol and Justin Holiday
February 28, 2021 | 4:16 pm EST Update
The Chicago Sun-Times reported this month that several teams were intrigued with the idea of Thaddeus Young bolstering their bench, as well as providing a versatile frontcourt option to close games. He would be an instant boost for teams going for that late-season push, such as the Heat or Knicks.