Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant will miss the rest of the season with a serious shoulder injury, the team announced on Monday.
The Grizzlies said Morant suffered a “subluxation of his right shoulder” at a training session on Saturday. After experiencing ongoing soreness, the team said he had an MRI and it revealed he was dealing with an “underlying labral tear.”
The star point guard will have season-ending surgery and is expected to make a full recovery ahead of the 2024-25 season.
Morant returned to the floor after a 25-game suspension for his social media antics with guns. He scored 34 points, including the game-winning in his first game back against the New Orleans Pelicans.
In nine games, he was averaging 25.1 points, 8.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game.
His suspension came as a result of multiple gun incidents, coming to a head with a second incident when he was caught on social media video holding the weapon. The first game earlier in the year, when he appeared to hold a gun in a Denver strip club, he missed eight games over that incident. He was never charged.
Aside from the gun videos, Morant is in a legal battle stemming from a fight he got into at his house with a then-17-year-old. Four days earlier, Morant had allegedly “threatened” the head of security at a Memphis mall, and a member of Morant’s group shoved him in the head.
Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.