Wright has missed the previous two games with the ankle injury, and it appears as though the Grizzlies are being cautious with the big man in hopes that he will be healthy for the start of the regular season. With fellow forwards Jarell Martin (foot) and Chandler Parsons (knee) also ruled out and Deyonta Davis (foot) listed as questionable, expect JaMychal Green and Zach Randolph to take on majority of the minutes in the frontcourt Wednesday.
Wright (ankle) sat out Thursday's 110-94 win over the Thunder.
It was the second straight absence for Wright, who is battling a left ankle injury. The Grizzlies appear to be viewing it as a day-to-day concern, but it's uncertain if Wright will be available for the team's next contest Saturday against the Rockets.
Wright will miss Tuesday's preseason game against the Sixers due to a left ankle injury, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
It's unclear exactly when the injury occurred, but Wright was seen in a walking boot, which is a bit concerning for his availability moving forward. It's also a tough blow for the Grizzlies, who are lacking healthy bodies in the frontcourt with Jarell Martin (foot), Chandler Parsons (knee) and Deyonta Davis (foot) all missing time with injuries of their own. With that said, we should see Wright's status updated again in the coming few days, which will give us a better indication of a potential timetable for a return.
Wright returned to action Monday against the Magic, playing for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery early last season and finishing with 10 points (4-6 FG) and two rebounds in 19 minutes.
Wright was expected to be a key bench contributor last season but was limited to only 12 games, in which he averaged 6.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Now back healthy, Wright will back up Marc Gasol at center and also see time at power forward when Zach Randolph is on the bench.
Wright (knee) has been fully cleared for the opening of Grizzlies' training camp. In regards to his status, Wright said, "I'm feeling good and trending upward. I'm looking forward to camp and getting ready to go. I'll be on the court for training camp. Obviously with any injury, you don't want to spike too early. We'll work our way into it, but I'll be a full go."
Back in April, Wright indicated he was just weeks away from being 100 percent healthy, so Wednesday's announcement of his full availability for training camp comes as little surprise. Wright should be fully healthy heading into the regular season and expects to act as the team's backup center behind Marc Gasol. Wright finished his 2015-16 campaign with averages of 6.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks over 18 minutes per game and could find some additional value if Gasol has any sort of early season trouble with the broken foot he suffered in early February.
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