Memphis Grizzlies reserve big man Darrell Arthur could miss the entire 2011-12 season with a torn Achilles tendon, reports Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Tillery reports that Arthur went down at Memphis' Sunday practice, and an initial examination indicated a serious injury. Tests continue, and a formal announcement about Arthur's status has not yet been made.
The Grizzlies are painfully thin up front behind stud starters Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Arthur averaged 20 minutes per game off of the bench last season, giving coach Lionel Hollins a solid option when Z-Bo and Marc needed rest. The Grizzlies have been lucky in having Randolph and Gasol remain healthy over the past two seasons; losing either at this point for even a short stretch could be devastating, especially with a condensed schedule allowing little rest between games.
There are really no other reliable big men on the roster. The Grizzlies could seek to bring back Leon Powe, who spent the latter part of the 2010-11 season with the club. The team also has a glut of shooting guards (Tony Allen, O.J. Mayo, Xavier Henry, Josh Selby) if Memphis determines that a trade is needed.
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