It’s officially official. Ja Morant is a member of your Memphis Grizzlies.
See for yourself . . .
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) July 1, 2019
The official release from the Grizzlies:
Memphis, Tenn. – The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that the team has signed 2019 first round draft pick Ja Morant to a multi-year contract.
“We are thrilled to formally welcome Ja Morant to our organization,” said Grizzlies Executive Vice President of Basketball OperationsZachary Z. Kleiman. “He is a high character individual and a unique talent. We look forward to building with Ja as we establish a dynamic team in Memphis for years to come.”
Selected with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Morant (6-3, 175) was named the 2018-19 Lute Olsen National Player of the Year and won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard as a sophomore at Murray State University. The 19-year-old Dalzell, South Carolina native averaged 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, a nation-best 10.0 assists and 1.76 steals to lead the Racers to a 28-5 record last season, becoming the first player to average at least 20 points and 10 assists per game since the NCAA officially began counting assists in 1983-84.
A consensus 2018-19 All-America First Team selection, Morant guided Murray State to the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament and posted the ninth triple-double in NCAA Tournament history with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 16 assists in a first-round upset of Marquette.
Morant announced on draft night that he would not play in the Summer League, but it turns out the Grizzlies did not need him to comfortably beat the Utah Jazz, 85-68.