Dec 01, 2016 04:23 AM EST

NBA Rumors: Mike Conley's Injury Forces Memphis Grizzlies To Look For Backup; Norris Cole, DJ Augustin And Deron Williams Are Posible Options

By Jestan Dale Mendame
Mike Conley Fractured Vertebrae Injury | November 28, 2016 | 2016-17 NBA Season
Mike Conley's injury may force the Memphis Grizzlies to look for a backup point guard.

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The Memphis Grizzlies are in a tough spot this season with starting point guard Mike Conley indefinitely out due to an injury. There are NBA rumors that the franchise might be looking for a backup guard and some notable names mentioned are Norris Cole, DJ Augustin & Deron Williams.

According to ESPN, Conley had a back injury and will be out approximately six to eight weeks. The Grizzlies guard is suffering from a transverse process fracture which means that a portion of his back isn't attached to his spine nerves.

The team is currently starting Andrew Harrison at the point guard spot but with Harrison not playing well this season, it's a risk to just rely on him and the team's reserves. The Grizzlies are currently the 7th seed in the Western Conference and with Conley out, it's going to be difficult for them.

 In a report by NBA.com, rumors are circling the league that the Grizzlies might acquire a backup guard to keep its chances high of making it to the postseason. NBA rumors have it that the franchise might be willing to get D-League players who have NBA experience, veteran free agents or acquire players via trade.

The team has shown interest in Cole even though the former NBA player is currently playing in China. Cole has the option to leave his current team and play for the Grizzlies. Head coach David Fizdale was an assistant for the Miami Heat where Cole was a backup guard so the two are already familiar with each other.

DJ Augustin and Deron Williams are also possible options since these two players have been included in NBA rumors and talks lately. They would be good fits too but the Grizzlies might need to offer good deals to acquire either one of them.

These NBA rumors might materialize before the year ends so fans should expect a lot of surprises in the following months. For more rumors and updates, stay tuned and feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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