One of the NBA Draft’s most prized prospects is set to undergo a “minor” knee surgery ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft:
ESPN Sources: Point guard Ja Morant — the projected No. 2 pick in the June NBA Draft — will undergo a minor scope on his right knee to remove a “loose body” on Monday. He’s expected to be fully recovered in 3-to-4 weeks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 1, 2019
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Murray State guard Ja Morant is going to have surgery to take out a “loose body” from his right knee. The surgery is expected to sideline Morant for just three to four weeks and is described as a “minor” procedure. That’s easy to say from behind a keyboard, as it’s not my knee being operated on before the draft.
Woj adds that Morant’s agent has been in communication with the teams at the top of the draft (the Pelicans, Grizzlies, and Knicks) about the surgery. Clearly, Morant’s representation still believes the Murray state standout will still be a top pick who won’t likely drop beyond where New York is standing with the No. 4 pick. Darn! Sorry, Bulls fans.
Morant was sensational last season for the Racers, averaging 24.5 points, 10 assists, and 5.7 rebounds. His 17-point, 16-assist, 11-round triple-double in Murray State’s NCAA Tournament opening-round win against Marquette virtually cemented his place as one of the top available prospects in the upcoming draft. So much so, I don’t expect a minor surgical procedure to be something that would scare teams ahead of the Bulls from drafting him.
But still … let’s keep Morant, his surgery, and his draft stock on our radar because things can change between now and when the Bulls go on the clock on June 20.