'Good chance' JJJ back for Griz vs. Pels; Zion out

by Gordon Dixon - Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said "there's a good chance" Jaren Jackson Jr. makes his season debut against the Pelicans. Meanwhile, Zion Williamson is out with a foot contusion.

'Good chance' Jaren Jackson Jr. returns vs. Pelicans; Zion Williamson out 6:34 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS -- Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins says "there's a good chance" that forward Jaren Jackson Jr . will make his season debut on Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans . Jackson had surgery in June to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. He's officially listed as questionable for Tuesday's game. Jenkins said Jackson will go through his pregame workout and then the final call will be made based on how Jackson is feeling after consulting with him and the medical staff. "He's been relentless every single day in every single phase," Jenkins said of Jackson. "Obviously you want to be maxing out your player development and five-on-five in the summer, but you have to do some different things obviously coming back from injury." Jenkins added that if Jackson does play the team will be "smart" with his minutes considering he hasn't had a chance to play real NBA minutes. On the other side, the Pelicans will be without forward Zion Williamson , who will miss the game with a right foot contusion. Williamson injured his foot on Saturday night against the Houston Rockets with 10:57 left in the fourth quarter. Williamson was driving to the basket and stepped on Usman Garuba's foot, rolling his right foot in the process. Williamson finished the game for the Pelicans and wasn't dealing with soreness until the next day. Pelicans coach Willie Green said "everything checked out fine" and Williamson is considered day-to-day. Green added that "there's hope" that Williamson could play in Wednesday's home contest against the Chicago Bulls . Williamson has played in 11 of the Pelicans' 13 games this season. He missed two with a lower back/right hip contusion after taking a nasty fall against the Utah Jazz last month.