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Grizzlies’ Ja Morant says he will not play in 2019 NBA Summer League

Memphis Grizzlies rookie point guard Ja Morant says he will not play in the 2019 NBA Summer League.

Morant underwent right knee surgery at the beginning of June. The Grizzlies selected Morant with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Ja is now the new face of the franchise, as Memphis traded Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz.

Morant averaged 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 10.0 assists per game this season at Murray State while shooting 49.9 percent from the field, 36.3 percent beyond the arc, and 81.3 percent from the free-throw line. The Grizzlies can’t wait to see Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. develop into future All-Stars for them.

Morant is probably the second-most explosive player in this draft behind Zion Williamson. He can get to the rim at will and finish in heavy traffic, often times dunking over centers. The Grizzlies clearly don’t mind Morant sitting out Summer League. They want Ja to be comfortable. Summer League isn’t that important for Morant, who will have training camp and preseason to adjust to the NBA game.

Conley had a tremendous career with the Grizzlies. Morant has some big shoes to fill. Ja, though, isn’t afraid of the pressure. At the end of the day, he’s playing the game he loves for a great organization.