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Report: Ja Morant’s ‘preventative’ knee surgery won’t push Grizzlies away from him

Ja Morant

Ja Morant has been penned as the Memphis Grizzlies’ obvious choice as the No. 2 overall selection in the NBA Draft after coming up big in the lottery. And while he recently underwent a knee surgery, it won’t keep the team away from having Morant don their hat on draft night, according to Sam Vecenie of The Athletic.

Morant underwent minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to clear out a loose body that could have created some long-term issues if left untreated. While the surgery was merely “preventative” in nature, it won’t change his position on the draft board nor be considered a career-altering procedure.

The Murray State product is expected to recover in three to four weeks.

It’s still unknown if Morant will be able to play in Summer League or not, as the four-week timeline would put him right at the start of the event.

The Grizzlies are expected to prioritize the long-term health of their selection, looking out first for his health and later his development as a player.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound point guard showed unmatched vision, as well as an athletic and well-paced game that fits seamlessly with the new wave of point guards who have graced the league.

Morant drew comparisons to Russell Westbrook for his otherworldly athleticism and triple-double potential. Yet the Racers guard has shown a bit more in terms of long-range shooting, making him more well-rounded than Westbrook was after one year at UCLA.