Marcus Smart is a player all Memphis Grizzlies fans should be excited to see donning the navy blue and gold threads throughout the upcoming 2023-24 campaign. From his defensive tenacity to his extensive postseason experience, the addition of the 29-year-old is one many believe to have now made the squad even more menacing for opposing clubs to square off against.
Of course, to this point, this belief has yet to be fully tested out in an actual in-game setting, for Smart has been sidelined throughout the preseason thus far due to a nagging abdominal injury.
As a result, rumblings had begun to surface suggesting that the veteran’s debut may be pushed all the way to their October 25 regular season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.
However, in recent days more positive buzz has come to light that has suggested there would at least be a chance Smart could get some preseason action in under his belt and, on Tuesday, Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian provided an update that should put smiles on the faithful followers of the Grizzlies organization.
Marcus Smart plans to make Grizzlies debut in preseason finale against Bucks
Per the columnist, Smart has stated “he plans to play” during Memphis’ preseason finale against the Milwaukee Bucks this coming Friday.
Should he finally suit up and be active in the lineup, it would likely prove to be an overall positive for the Grizzlies, as his participation would allow the team to get a first-time feel for how they all mesh together prior to the kick-off to meaningful action.