Dillon Brooks is set to return to Memphis Grizzlies. Here’s what we know
Dillon Brooks will return to the Memphis Grizzlies roster in the team’s next four-game road trip, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said Friday.
The Grizzlies (45-22) travel to Oklahoma City on Sunday, Indiana on Tuesday, Atlanta on Friday and Houston on March 20. That means Brooks, a standout defender and forward, will be in line to return ahead of Memphis’ next home game. March 23 against the Brooklyn Nets.
Brooks has played in 21 of the Grizzlies’ 68 games and is averaging 18.4 points. The Grizzlies still have 14 games before the playoffs.
“We’re constantly increasing the conditioning, the game, the intensity,” Jenkins said. “Once we get the sign from the medical team that he looks fine, he’ll be back on the ground. At some point on the next road trip, that’s when this will be.”
Brooks injured his left ankle Jan. 8 against the Los Angeles Clippers. He was given a 4-6 week delay but suffered a setback. Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman told the trade deadline that Brooks is expected in early March.
Jenkins said the final steps for Brooks were a 5-on-5 game and physical contact. Now that Brooks has done both, the Grizzlies will be watching how his body reacts.
“We’ll upload the workout today, see how he feels,” Jenkins said. “We had great conversations with him. Obviously, we’re very happy to have him back in the fold soon.”
Brooks was listed as questionable on a pre-game injury report for the first time since his injury. He was demoted ahead of Friday’s game against the New York Knicks.
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