Ja Morant says his knee ‘doesn’t hurt at all,’ expects to play in Summer League
NBA Draft prospect Ja Morant isn’t letting the arthroscopic procedure he had performed on his right knee earlier this month get in the way of his Summer League availability.
According to Ben Golliver of The Washington Post, Morant says he’s feeling good and is still planning to participate in this year’s Summer League tournament:
Ja Morant on his knee: “It doesn’t hurt at all. I do expect to play in Summer League.”
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 19, 2019
The procedure was a success, and most accounts had Morant’s recovery time pegged at three to four weeks, which should give him ample time to prepare.
Morant has seen his draft stock rise quite a bit in recent months. In fact, most mock drafts have him going to the Memphis Grizzlies at No. 2 overall, just behind Duke’s Zion Williamson. The Grizzlies selecting Morant second overall is even more likely now that they’ve traded Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz.
In his 33 appearances with Murray State last season, Morant racked up averages of 24.5 points on 49.9 percent from the field (36.3 percent from behind the arc), 10.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals and just under one block (0.8) in 36.6 minutes per outing. He also maintained an 81.3 percent mark from the free-throw line.
The 2019 NBA Summer League will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The games will begin on July 5 and end on July 15.