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Grizzlies Desmond Bane undergoes surgery on right big toe

Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Five

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - APRIL 26: Desmond Bane #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies brings the ball upcourt against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Five of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at FedExForum on April 26, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)

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There was speculation around the Grizzlies since the All-Star break (if not earlier) that the toe injury suffered by Desmond Bane — initially back before Thanksgiving — was still bothering him.

Tuesday we got confirmation this was true. The Grizzlies announced that Bane underwent surgery on the big toe on his right foot, but that he would be back in time for the start of next season.

This is a fracture of one of the two small bones at the base of the big toe in the ball of the foot. For obvious reasons, it causes pain to walk, let alone run up and down a hardwood court.

Bane initially injured his foot early in the season, on Nov. 11 against the Timberwolves, and he missed 17 games after that letting the bones heal (it was officially listed at the time as a sprained toe).

Bane averaged 21.5 points (shooting 40.8% from 3), plus five rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season.

The Grizzlies may need Bane to take on a larger role at the start of next season in Memphis, with a possible suspension looming over Ja Morant after his latest flashing of a gun on social media, and with the likelihood Dillon Brooks will not be back in Memphis next season.