Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, after suffering a fracture in his lower back, reports ESPN.
The star guard sustained the injury during the third quarter of the team’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday (Nov. 28). Fortunately, he will not need surgery.
Conley signed a massive five-year, $153 million max-contract during the offseason, the biggest overall deal in NBA history. Since then, he’s been off to the best start of his career, averaging a career-high 19.2 points, as well as 5.7 assists per game, while leading the Grizzlies to an 11-7 record.
Despite the bright spot in Conley, Memphis has had a rough season, dealing with an injury-riddled roster. In addition to Conley, the Grizzlies are now missing Chandler Parsons (knee), Zach Randolph (personal leave), James Ennis (calf) and Brandan Wright (ankle).