The Grizzlies have made a long-awaited decision official, formally using the No. 2 overall pick to select Murray State point guard Ja Morant.
Morant, who declared for the draft after his sophomore season, had a huge year at Murray State, averaging a double-double with 24.5 PPG and 10.0 APG. He also chipped in 5.7 RPG and shot .499/.363/.813 in 33 games.
The Grizzlies reached an agreement with the Jazz earlier this week on a trade that will send longtime point guard Mike Conley to Utah. That deal will pave the way for Morant to step in as Memphis’ point guard of the future.
The Grizzlies are expected to move forward with Morant and Jaren Jackson as their long-term franchise cornerstones, building around those two youngsters. Memphis could have the opportunity to add another young player to that core tonight, as the club currently holds the No. 23 overall pick.
Based on current cap projections, Morant will be in line for a 2019/20 salary of about $8.7MM on his NBA rookie contract.