Ja Morant has torn labrum, will have season-ending surgery

Ja Morant has torn labrum, will have season-ending surgery

Memphis All-Star guard Ja Morant’s season is over. According to a press release from the team Monday night, Morant “suffered a subluxation of his right shoulder” at Saturday’s practice.

After complaining of soreness, “an MRI revealed an underlying labral tear. Morant will undergo season-ending surgery and is expected to make a full recovery ahead of the 2024-25 season.”

Since Morant’s return from a 25-game suspension, Memphis has won six of nine games when he’s been in the lineup. He’s averaged 25.1 points, 8.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Morant has hit 47.1 percent of his field-goal attempts, 27.5 percent of his 3-pointers and 81.3 percent of his free throws. He’s dished out 73 assists compared to only 27 turnovers.

The Grizzlies are now down two starters for the rest of the year. Starting center Steven Adams had to have surgery to repair his PCL back in the preseason. That injury has had him sidelined since last January.

Morant is in the first season of his new contract that’s a five-year deal worth $197 million.

Memphis (13-23 straight up, 15-21 against the spread) returns to the court tonight as an eight-point underdog at Dallas. The Grizzlies, who are 10-10 SU and 11-9 ATS in 20 road assignments, enter tonight’s action in 13th place in the Western Conference.

They’re 5.5 games behind the Lakers for 10th place and the final spot in the NBA’s play-in tournament.