NBA Insider Marc Spears has provided a concerning update on Ja Morant and revealed his guess is that the Memphis Grizzlies star won't see the court for the remainder of the season. This week, the Grizzlies announced that Morant is now being suspended indefinitely.
Also, the Grizzlies revealed that Morant entered a counseling program in Florida. The NBA is still investigating whether Morant carried a gun on a team plane as the Grizzlies star is facing a potential 50-game ban from the league.
“There’s things I’m hearing that I’d rather probably not say on this podcast, but I hope he’s taking care of him of himself. My guess now is that he doesn’t play the rest of the season,” Spears said on the Hoop Collective Podcast, per Clutch Points.
"There's things I'm hearing that I'd rather probably not say on this podcast, but I hope he's taking care of him of himself… My guess now is that he doesn't play the rest of the season."
— Marc Spears on the Hoop Collective Podcast last week.pic.twitter.com/tqfkpIhWqf — ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 14, 2023
Morant needs to 'clear steps' before being allowed to return
Last week, Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins revealed that the team talked with Morant regarding his off-court conduct.
But Morant didn't listen to the advice and he ended up putting everyone in a tough spot. "We have had conversations in the past trying to guide him and help him continue to evolve as a person and a player. Obviously, this came to a head the other day, so we put this process into action.
There are definitely steps that are going to have to be met -- personally and professionally -- as he deals with some stuff personally to get better," Jenkins said last week. Meanwhile, Morant vowed to grow as a person while away from the team.
“I take full responsibility for my actions last night. I’m sorry to my family, teammates, coaches, fans, partners, the city of Memphis and the entire Grizzlies organization for letting you down. I’m going to take some time away to get help and work on learning better methods of dealing with stress and my overall well-being," Morant said in his statement after the incident.