Ja Morant, the standout player for the Grizzlies, will be having surgery on his shoulder, which will bring an end to his season.

Ja Morant’s season has come to an end as the Memphis Grizzlies announced on Monday night that their star guard requires surgery to fix a tear in his right shoulder. Morant sustained the injury during practice on Saturday, according to the Grizzlies. He wore a sling during Sunday’s game against Phoenix, and the seriousness of the problem was revealed the following day.
The Grizzlies stated, “After experiencing continuous soreness and instability, Morant underwent an MRI which disclosed an underlying labral tear.”
Morant was suspended for the first 25 games of the season by the NBA due to a gun-related social media post, which was his second suspension in less than a year. Last season, he was suspended for eight games for a similar violation. Following the conclusion of his suspension, he played nine games for the Grizzlies, averaging 25.1 points and leading the team to a 6-3 record.
Without Morant, the Grizzlies have a record of 7-20 this season. They are currently four and a half games behind the final play-in position in the Western Conference. Their chances of making the playoffs seemed somewhat reasonable with Morant, but now they face significantly longer odds without their best player.
It appears that the severity of Morant’s shoulder issue caught the Grizzlies off guard. On Sunday, Coach Taylor Jenkins mentioned that Morant was experiencing soreness and even suggested that it would be a last-minute decision for him to play against the Suns.
Morant is in the first year of his five-year, $197 million contract. He is earning approximately $34 million this season, but due to his suspension, he lost about $7.6 million of that.
The announcement of Morant’s 25-game suspension without pay was made in June. After Morant livestreamed himself with a gun at a nightclub in suburban Denver, Commissioner Adam Silver initially handed down an eight-game ban. Another livestream in May, again showing Morant with a weapon while in a car with a friend, resulted in the 25-game suspension.

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