Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley will undergo season-ending surgery to “smooth a small bone protrusion” in his left heel, general manager Chris Wallace revealed in an email to MVP season-ticket holders on Saturday.
“Conley will undergo surgery to smooth a small bone protrusion in his left heel that continues to cause pain and soreness. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the 2017-18 season but is expected to make a full recovery prior to 2018-19 training camp.”
Conley hasn’t played since Nov. 13 and was limited to just 12 appearances during the 2017-18 season. He made several attempts to return this season before opting for surgery, according to Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com.
Conley has remained with the team throughout his rehabilitation. Several Grizzlies players have been plagued by injuries in recent weeks including Chandler Parsons (knee), JaMychal Green (ankle) and James Ennis (calf).
Conley has spent his entire NBA career with Memphis after being selected No. 4 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.
The veteran point guard is the franchise leader in several statistical categories including games played (718), minutes (23,358) assists (4,060), steals (1,067) and 3-point field goals (931).
Conley was also named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2013, won two NBA Sportsmanship Awards in 2014 and 2016.