Canadian Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks missing start of season to heal broken hand

Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks will miss the start of the season to ensure he fully recovers from a broken left hand.

The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that the decision for Canada’s Brooks to receive additional treatment was made after imaging in checking Brooks as part of the team’s return to play protocol. Brooks will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks.

Memphis opens the season Oct. 20 hosting Cleveland.

Brooks, of Mississauga, Ont., said at media day on Sept. 27 that he broke his hand during an off-season practice reaching for a ball. His hand hyperextended and broke in two places.

He is the Grizzlies’ longest-tenured player going into his fifth NBA season and fourth-oldest at the age of 25 behind Steven Adams, Kyle Anderson and Kris Dunn. Brooks averaged 17.2 points and 1.2 steals per game last season playing in 67 games and helping Memphis earn the No. 8 seed winning two play-in games.

Brooks did not play for Canada at the Olympic qualifier in June after being included in the initial player pool. It remains unclear why he ultimately did not attend training camp in Tampa, Fla., to compete for a spot on the team.

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