Memphis Grizzlies' standout player Ja Morant is set to undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, following a subluxation incident during a training session that forced him to miss a recent game against the Phoenix Suns.
An MRI revealed an underlying labral tear, necessitating surgical intervention, with Morant expected to be fully recovered for the commencement of the 2024-25 season. This setback adds to the challenges faced by the Grizzlies, who have already seen another key starter, Steven Adams, ruled out for the entire season due to a preseason knee surgery.
Morant's absence is notable, given his significant impact on the court. The team secured a 6-3 record with him in the lineup, matching the win total during his 25-game suspension at the beginning of the season. The suspension resulted from Morant's previous conduct, where he brandished a firearm during an Instagram Live video.
Despite these challenges, Morant, a two-time All-Star currently in the first season of a lucrative five-year, $197 million contract extension, averaged an impressive 25.1 points and 8.1 assists in the nine games he played this season. As the Grizzlies navigate these setbacks, they find themselves in 13th place in the competitive Western Conference with a record of 13-23.