Star Grizzlies Player Ja Morant Will Miss the Season Due to a Broken Labrum

An injured right shoulder labrum will keep Memphis Grizzlies standout point guard Ja Morant out for the rest of the 2023-24 NBA season. 

The injury occurred during practice on Saturday after the Grizzlies beat the Lakers on Friday. Morant will have season-ending surgery after an MRI revealed a labral rupture.

The Grizzlies expect Morant to recuperate fully before the 2024-25 season. Morant's absence will hurt the Grizzlies, who are 13-23 and far from a play-in place.

With efficiency similar to his Grizzlies All-Star seasons, Morant averaged 25.1 points and 8.1 assists per game. Memphis survived without Morant for two seasons, but the club is 6-3 with him and 7-20 without him this season. 

Grizzlies injuries have marred the season. Center Steven Adams had a season-ending knee injury in October, while forward Brandon Clarke has not played since tearing his Achilles last season. 

In other NBA news, the Lakers signed Rajon Rondo for one year. Rondo will add point guard depth after playing for the Lakers in 2018-19. The Lakers are 22-14 and seventh in the West.