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Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley underwent surgery to smooth a small bone protrusion in his left heel in January and missed the rest of the 2017-18 season as a result.
Conely only played in 12 games this past season, averaging 17.1 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 31.2 percent from three.
At Team USA training camp in Las Vegas, Conley won’t fully participate, but says he’s feeling good and still on course to be ready for training camp in September.
“I’m doing really well,” Conley told reporters. “I wish I could’ve participated in contact stuff. I think I could, but we’re being cautious and allowing me to get a full summer of rehab. I should be ready to go by training camp — I expect to be ready.”
Conley, 30, hasn’t been cleared for 5-on-5 work yet, but is doing half-court drills and taking minor contact.
“With anything dealing with Achilles, it takes time and you got to be patient to deal with it,” Conley said. “Right now, it’s all starting to come together. I’m so used to making a move and I expect pain. I got used to pain with some of the moves. Now I make the moves and there’s nothing there, so that’s exciting.”
Without Conley, the Grizzlies endured one of their worst seasons in franchise history. The team went 22-60, finishing with the second worst record in the Western Conference.
With the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, the Grizzlies selected power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. from Michigan State.