LAS VEGAS — The time is approaching for Ja Morant to emerge from his 25-game suspension and suit up for the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 19 in New Orleans.
But before he does, he’s scheduled to meet in person with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. It doesn’t feel like some prerequisite before he can return to play, but more like a check-in.
“I have been monitoring the situation closely, and him,” Silver said Saturday during a news conference before the final of the in-season tournament. “In fact, we intend to have a check-in this week directly, Ja and I.”
The NBA came down with a heavy hand, suspending the All-Star guard shortly after the conclusion of the Finals in June. It was following a series of troubling incidents and transgressions, with Morant displaying guns on social media both in a vehicle and in a nightclub in Denver.
Following the suspension, Silver made note Morant would have to follow a certain protocol before being allowed back on the floor. He has been permitted to practice and travel with his team during the suspension.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant is eligible to return from his 25-game suspension on Dec. 19. (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The league was clear on not wanting to ban Morant from the league because of these transgressions, wanting to hold him accountable while also giving him a path to return as one of the league’s most electrifying stars.
“Folks in the league office, together with Ja and his team and the players’ association, have been in regular contact, essentially weekly,” Silver said. “There have been those checkpoints.”
The supposed checkpoints haven’t been disclosed publicly, and after the NBPA released a statement claiming Morant’s suspension was excessive and unfair, it has undergone a critical leadership change at the top with Tamika Tremaglio being replaced, temporarily, by recently retired Andre Iguodala.
“We’ve, together, laid out a program for him over the last several weeks, and to the best of my knowledge, he’s complied with everything he’s been asked to do,” Silver said. “As I said, we’ll talk at least…
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Publish date : 2023-12-10 03:32:08
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