Grizzlies' Ja Morant will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Monday evening.

Morant suffered a partial dislocation of his right shoulder during a practice session on Saturday, causing him to miss the win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. He underwent an MRI, which revealed a torn labrum that will require surgery to repair, according to the team.

Morant is expected to make a full recovery at the start of the 2024-25 season.

The Grizzlies won 6-3 with Morant in the lineup, matching Memphis' win total during the 25-game suspension he served to start the season. Morant was suspended for conduct detrimental to the league for brandishing a firearm during an Instagram Live video. He was suspended for eight matches after a similar incident last season.

Morant will be the second Memphis starter to undergo season-ending surgery. Steven Adams will miss the entire season after undergoing surgery during the preseason to repair the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, an injury that has sidelined the center since January of last year.

Morant, a two-time All-Star who is in the first season of a five-year contract extension worth a maximum of $197 million, has averaged 25.1 points and 8.1 assists in his nine games this season.

The Grizzlies are 13th in the Western Conference with a 13-23 record.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *