Ja Morant is probably awaiting his worst nightmare to take place. The NBA point guard has been involved in a series of controversial acts lately with a few of them violating the league’s policies against the usage of firearms. To say Morant didn’t do anything to land himself in trouble would be a serious understatement. It would be interesting to how to Players Association and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver choose to react to his recent actions.
The Memphis Grizzlies point guard and former Most Improved Player of the Year was caught flashing a firearm on Instagram Live earlier this year. After a serious talk and corrective measures taken, Morant failed to stay true to his words. Earlier in May, he flashed a gun on social media for the second time. Insider Adrian Wojnarowski had a small prediction of what Morant’s punishments could be.
“I think when you start to look at possible lengths of suspension… I think an interesting number to look at is 17 [games].”
Adrian Wojnarowski reports on Ja Morant’s likely upcoming suspension.pic.twitter.com/XrqJjNuooE
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He claimed that the NBA could suspend him for 17 games next season. This would be in consideration of the updated requirements for regular season awards. Anything more than 17 games would automatically have Ja Morant ineligible for All-NBA selections and individual awards. In addition to Woj’s prediction, ESPN’s Malika Andrews added that Silver’s decision would be based on actions and not words.
Following the Draft Lottery, Adam Silver weighed in on the issue and claimed that he was completely blindsided by Ja’s actions. He felt that the player was reckless and endangered himself along with the lives of others around him. In a recent press conference, the Commissioner revealed that the league’s verdict will be addressed following the ongoing NBA Finals.
Ja Morant could lose over $5 million from his expected salary next season
Back in March, Ja Morant was booked for the same issue and was slapped with an eight-game suspension. Though it did not have too much of a negative effect on the Grizzlies, it did on Morant. He lost close to $600,000 as a result of the suspension. In addition to it, he fell short of All-NBA honors which would have gotten him a maxed-out $231 million contract.
seem to go my hardest when i’m going thru it
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) May 13, 2023
His estimated salary next season will be $33.5 million. This means that his average salary per game would be around $400,000. With careful calculations, Morant could lose between $5-6 million at least. The player may also have to face corrective measures to help him realize his mistakes. He released an apology statement as well claiming that he regrets having done what he did.