Conley sustained the back injury during the 3rd quarter of the Grizzlies’ loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night after being involved in a collision.
Memphis is already short-handed with injuries to wings Chandler Parsons and James Ennis, and center Brandon Wright. Andrew Harrison is expected to fill in for Conley as Memphis’ primary point guard, while Wade Baldwin IV is expected to see an increased role.
The Grizzlies will be able to apply for the hardship exception after their Saturday contest with the Los Angeles Lakers. This exception will allow the Grizzlies to sign a 16th player onto their roster, which will be a point guard.
Conley, who signed a five-year, $153 million contract this summer, the richest long-term deal in NBA history, is averaging 19.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game this season under first-year head coach David Fizdale.
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