Report: Memphis Grizzlies Will Be Without Arthur in 2011-12

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IDecember 21, 2011

Darrell Arthur.
Darrell Arthur.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Memphis Grizzlies are a team on the rise after their performance during the 2010-11 NBA season. After the success they established last season, they will now have a healthy Rudy Gay to add to their arsenal. Bringing back Marc Gasol was also important and Michael Heisley made the right choice in re-signing Gasol.

However, the Grizzlies will reportedly be without forward Darrell Arthur for the 2011-12 NBA season after learning he suffered a serious Achilles injury. Arthur was another young big that showed a lot of promise last season when the Grizzlies upset the top-ranked San Antonio Spurs before losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a tough, seven-game series.

Losing Arthur for the entire season is a huge loss for a team that is looking to make a bigger push this year. The team has reportedly signed restricted free agent Dante Cunningham to an offer sheet, and if the Charlotte Bobcats do not match the offer in three days, he could be the short-term answer.

One area where the Grizzlies lack depth is at the center position, as backup Hamed Haddadi is still a restricted free agent and it is not known at this time if he is going to return to Memphis or not.

Forward Leon Powe could be another short-term solution, despite his history of knee injuries. He is familiar with the offense, as he was with the team last year. There was also a report that the Grizzlies were looking closely at Marreese Speights of the Philadelphia 76ers, since he can play both the power forward and center spots.

The Grizzlies will most likely find a temporary replacement for Darrell Arthur. However, if no trades are possible then they may wait and look for a replacement closer to the trade deadline where they may have more luck.