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Grizzlies first-rounder Jarell Martin fractures foot

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MEMPHIS, TN - JUNE 29: Jarell Martin #10 of the Memphis Grizzlies poses for a portrait on June 29, 2015 at FedExForum 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Do you see a place on the Memphis Grizzlies for an athletic rookie who thrives in the open court but struggles in slow offenses?

It was going to be hard enough for No. 25 pick Jarell Martin, but his first season just got a whole lot more challenging.

Grizzlies release:

The Memphis Grizzlies announced that rookie forward Jarell Martin sustained a fractured left foot today following a collision with another player during a workout. He will undergo surgery tomorrow, Sept. 3, which will be performed by team physicians Dr. Fred Azar and Dr. Drew Murphy at the Campbell Clinic. There is no timetable for his return. Further updates will be provided when available.

Martin injured his foot during pre-draft workouts and missed summer league. He was cleared to play and then suffered another injury to the same area of the foot, according to Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal.

Obviously, this is troubling. Foot injuries to big men – the 6-foot-9 Martin, a combo forward, qualifies here – are a scary proposition.

I doubt Martin was going to crack Memphis’ rotation this season, anyway, and it’s even less likely if he misses some or all of training camp. So, he likely won’t be rushed back.

The main concerns should be avoiding repeat injuries and preserving Martin’s mobility, so he can help the team in coming years. I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays this season, but that should be a second concern.