Grizzlies center Marc Gasol underwent surgery on his broken foot and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Tuesday.
Gasol, 31, had the procedure done Saturday to repair a Type II fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot. He had been out indefinitely since injuring his foot on Feb. 8 against the Trail Blazers. The two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year will sit out the rest of the season and playoffs to recover.
“Marc remains a cornerstone of our franchise and we are pleased to hear that the surgery went according to plan,” Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. “Marc’s determination and competitive spirit will serve him, his family and the team well as he begins the healing and rehab process from which we expect him to make a full recovery. We are confident we will have Marc back anchoring our team next season and beyond.”
“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 ends his season averaging 16.6 points, seven rebounds and 1.3 blocks over 52 games.
The injury also casts doubt on Gasol’s participation with Spain in this summer’s Olympics.
The Grizzlies are 33–23 and in fifth place in the Western Conference.
- Jeremy Woo