Ja Morant’s off-the-court issues this season may have cost him a ton of money.
Two weeks ago, Morant went viral when he flashed a gun during an Instagram live stream.
Ja Morant is being investigated by the #NBA for flashing a gun at a strip club on his own Instagram live early Saturday morning after losing to the Nuggets 113-97 Friday night pic.twitter.com/8N3ALEsx2E
— Highlight Hoops 24/7 (@HLHoops247) March 4, 2023
Ja Morant was allegedly seen showing off a gun in his IG Live this morning. 😳 pic.twitter.com/zOuopMbpCb
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) March 4, 2023
Morant has since voluntarily stepped away from the team and has yet to return.
On Monday night, it was revealed that Morant was entering a counseling program in Florida With no timetable to return to the court.
Reporting with @ESPN_MacMahon: Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant has entered a counseling program in Florida and there remains no timetable for his return to active play.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 13, 2023
Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant has entered a counseling program in Florida and remains without a timetable on a return to the NBA season, sources told ESPN on Monday.
Morant has been seeking assistance for what he described in a statement as a need “to get help and work on learning better methods of dealing with stress and my overall well-being,” and that has taken him out of Memphis on a leave from the team, sources said.
With Morant continuing to miss an extended period of time, he will unlikely make an All-NBA team this season.
If Morant misses out on making the All-NBA team this year, he will not qualify for a 5th-year extension and an extra $39 million in guaranteed money.
With news that Ja Morant has entered counseling in Florida, it's hard to imagine him making All-NBA, which I think would have been likely without these incidents. Not making All-NBA would cost him about $39 million, reducing his contract from a projected 5/$233m to 5/$194m
— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) March 14, 2023
It was also recently revealed that Powerade planned to pull their Morant commercials from airing during March Madness.
Powerade plans to pull their ad with Ja Morant, per @nypost pic.twitter.com/tQ8RkwohYV
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) March 13, 2023
There’s still a possibility Morant makes an All-NBA team, but the longer he sits out, his chances to make it diminish.