MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol will not return to the court for the rest of the 2015-2016 season.
According to Memphis Grizzlies, Gasol had a successful surgery on Saturday, February 20 to repair a fracture in his right foot.
Though he won't play for the rest of this season, he's expected to make a full recovery.
Gasol left in the first quarter of the February 8 game against the Portland Trail Blazers with the injury. He had scored 11 points in that game.
"It is frustrating to not be on the court with my teammates at this time," Gasol said. "But I understand that the focus of this process is on long-term health and stability. I look forward to the road ahead and a full and successful recovery."
Gasol finished the 2015-2016 season with averages of 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.35 blocks in 34.4 minutes in 52 games. He started every game. The center was in the middle of his first season after signing a five year, $113 million extension this summer.
The Grizzlies have gone 2-1 in Gasol's absence, starting Zach Randolph at center in his place and moving JaMychal Green into the starting lineup.
Memphis added a center at the trade deadline with the addition of Chris Andersen and got a boost with the return of Brandan Wright from injury, but have gone with smaller lineups, allotting more minutes to Vince Carter, Mario Chalmers and the newly acquired Lance Stephenson.
Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace said Gasol's injury being a type 2 displacement, and not a full break, makes him optimistic for a full recovery.
"He understands the protocol involved, and he'll do everything our doctors have asked, there's no worries about that at all," Wallace said. "There have been players who've come back from this injury before. There's one that you know very well. Michael Jordan: you've heard of him? He came back and did quite well after this type of injury. And, it's definitely something that can be overcome."
Gasol's teammates said they already knew Big Spain was done for the year and today's announcement just finalized that fact.
"It's a transition process for us to try to deal with the loss of Marc for the season, you know, going forward," point guard Mike Conley said. "So we have to stay together right now. We have to learn how to play with this new group of guys and do whatever we've got to do to try to win games."
Memphis Grizzlies are asking fans to show their support for Marc during his recovery by sharing a photo with the hashtag #GetWellMarc. All of those photos will be aggregated here.